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The Three Amigos
One of the problems when investing in a fund managed by a well known and successful fund manager is that a) he often has comparatively little money invested in his fund and b) he can be lured away by a rival fund management team. So the first 3 suggestions for your 5 funds are funds not only managed by well known fund managers but also knowing that they have a sizeable amount of money invested in their own funds and essentially control the fund management. My 3 suggestions are:-
CF Woodford Equity Income
This fund is managed by Neil Woodford. When he worked at Invesco Perpetual, he managed more money than any other fund manager in the UK. In April he set up his own business and has already attracted £3bn. His biggest claim to fame was that he avoided the dotcom boom in around 2000 and seems to have performed consistently well. The fund aims to yield 4% and Mr Woodford is probably the only fund manager who lists all his holdings in his fund.
This fund is managed by Mark Slater the son of legendary fund manager Jim. I have to advise you that I worked briefly with Mark at the Investors Chronicle before he went on to better things. Mark tends to invest in smaller UK companies and has been remarkably successful to date.
This fund is managed by Terry Smith who is an Essex boy who has come good. He founded an inter-dealer broker called Tullett Prebon but is perhaps most famous for publishing a book called “Accounting for Growth” which lifted the lid on a number of accounting techniques used by big companies to make their trading figures and balance sheets look better; what has recently happened at Tesco suggests that this technique is not dead. Mr Smith has a no-nonsense approach to investment and runs a worldwide blue chip portfolio.
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According to a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, Neil Woodford has his entire pension invested in the Woodford Equity Income fund while Mark Slater has invested 97% of his personal pension in the three Slater funds he runs. Terry Smith has a mighty £50m of his own money in his £3bn Fundsmith Equity fund.