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UK Special Situations Fund

A value-driven, contrarian Fund that aims to provide investors with attractive long-term returns by investing in undervalued, out-of-favour equities with future growth potential. The Fund could be ideal to blend with other UK equity funds which adopt different investment styles, as part of an overall equity portfolio.

Reasons to invest

The Investec UK Special Situations Fund is managed by Alastair Mundy and his Value team using a contrarian approach to value investing.

  • Uses a bottom-up stock selection process investing in undervalued, out-of-favour equities with strong balance sheets. 
  • A concentrated portfolio sourced predominantly from the largest 350 UK-listed stocks, but diversified by industry and sector. 
  • Equities are typically held for four to five years, seeking to maximise their recovery potential. 
  • Stocks must have fallen by at least 50% in the last five years relative to the market in order to be considered for inclusion in the portfolio. 
  • Could be suitable as a core UK equity fund in a portfolio to blend with other equity funds which adopt different investment styles.


Strong long term performance

The Fund has a strong long-term track record, with a relatively low historical correlation to the average fund in the sector.


Calendar (and Index**) year returns: 2016: 17.6%,(16.0%),[11.0%]; 2015: -1.2%,(1.0%),[1.5%]; 2014: -0.5%,(1.2%),[0.9%]; 2013: 26.7%,(20.8%),[26.5%]; 2012: 15.9%,(12.3%),[15.4%].

Source: Morningstar, dates to 30.09.17, NAV based, income reinvested (inclusive of management fees but excludingany initial charge) net of UK basic rate tax, in GBP. Sector rankings based on IA OE UK All Companies. Calendar year performance source: Morningstar, 5 years ending December 2016. Performance is net of fees (I Share class, NAV based, including ongoing charges, excluding initial charges), gross income reinvested.**Index: (Comparative index: FTSE All-Share TR), [Sector Index: IA OE UK All Companies]. 


How do we identify contrarian, value stock opportunities?

The Investec UK Special Situations Fund takes a rational approach to investing in an (often) irrational market place.


This graph is for illustrative purposes only, there is no guarantee that investments will make a profit.

General risks

The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise. Where charges are taken from capital, this may constrain future growth.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. If any currency differs from the investor's home currency, returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Investment objectives and performance targets may not necessarily be achieved, losses may be made.

Specific risks

Geographic/Sector: Investments may be primarily concentrated in specific countries, geographical regions and/or industry sectors. This may mean that the resulting value may decrease whilst portfolios more broadly invested might grow. Derivatives: The use of derivatives is not intended to increase the overall level of risk. However, the use of derivatives may still lead to large changes in value and includes the potential for large financial loss. Equity investment: The value of equities (e.g. shares) and equity-related investments may vary according to company profits and future prospects as well as more general market factors. In the event of a company default (e.g. bankruptcy), the owners of their equity rank last in terms of any financial payment from that company.


Alastair Mundy

Portfolio Manager


Morningstar Analyst Rating first awarded in February 2017.

Important information

All information is as at 30.09.17 unless otherwise stated.

Fund ratings may be provided by independent rating agencies based on a range of investment criteria, and do not constitute investment advice by Investec Asset Management. For a full description of the ratings please see

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