Three years have now passed since Neil and I launched the Havelock Global Select Fund. In this time the fund has returned 29.9% and is ranked in the top quartile of its sector. As a value-orientated global fund it has outperformed the MSCI World Value index* by 12.4% and outperformed the largest UK listed MSCI World Value ETF** by 21.4%. It has achieved this without investing in any of the large tech companies that have dominated the performance of many market indices and funds, and despite having never been fully invested in equity securities.
We founded Havelock in the belief that a long-term objective focus on a small number of well understood businesses was an increasingly rare investment approach and so offered an advantage. Despite this, even I could not have predicted seeing such folly as investors clamouring to buy shares in a bankrupt company or being induced to invest in a cinema chain with an offer of free popcorn!
Although the last three years has seen several “bumps in the road”, financial markets have been kind to investors. The rising prices of almost all assets have left many either consciously, or sub-consciously, believing that markets only ever go up, with the importance of exercising judgement looking like a quaint relic of the past. History suggests that such complacency is dangerous.
I remain resolute that patiently studying companies, trying to be objective and having a healthy disregard for share price movements increases the chances of superior investment results – even more so if we see an environment where markets are more discriminating. In the long run, better than average performance cannot come from average behaviour, and right now, our approach feels like a road less well travelled.
A further key aspect of our philosophy is the importance of having skin-in-the-game, and to this end most of my own wealth is invested in the fund on the same terms as every other client. If the current euphoric market environment subsides, I suspect that this will look increasingly appealing since all too often the interests of those entrusted with other people’s money are aligned with the gains but not the losses.
I believe that our approach has been validated by the strength of our track-record. The three-year anniversary serves as a widely recognised milestone in the life of a fund, and one that we are now only too happy to be judged against.
Alongside the third anniversary of the fund, I am celebrating my own 21st anniversary of working in the investment management industry. Despite this I did not anticipate just how big a challenge we had set ourselves and it is against this backdrop that I am deeply proud of what we have achieved.
We have been fortunate to have had many supporters along our way and I would like to finish by thanking our staff, clients, friends, and family for all that you have done. The experience of the last three years has taught me to value these relationships even more and I look forward to continuing to find ways to repay the displays of belief that you have shown us.
CEO Havelock London
*The MSCI World Value index net total return expressed in British Pounds.
**The iShares MSCI World Value Factor ETF which tracks the “enhanced” MSCI World Value index.
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