John Stopford

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    A generic term meaning 'what you own'. If you can buy it, it's an asset. In the world of investments the most common assets are shares, bonds, property and cash.

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    A group of assets with similar properties. For example, while shares will rise or fall in price individually, economic factors can affect all shares similarly. The same economic factors might affect bonds very differently – so shares and bonds are separate asset classes.

  • Asset allocation

    The process of deciding which asset classes to invest in. Successful asset allocation is often more important than selecting individual assets (for example deciding whether to invest mainly in shares, rather than which shares to invest in). Since most fund managers are tied to their sector rules, you need to either do your own asset allocation or buy a managed fund.

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    A measure of how different areas of the markets are performing, against which funds can be compared. For example, a fund in the UK All Companies sector might be compared against the FTSE All-Share index of every company traded on the London Stock Exchange. A good fund manager will be able to beat the benchmark most of the time, but very few can.

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  • Shares

    A share in a company represents part ownership of its assets (e.g. its buildings, intellectual property and so on) and its future income (paid out as dividends). The value of a share depends largely on other investors' expectations of the company's future growth and income.

  • Bonds

    Companies can issue bonds as a way of raising money. When you buy a bond, the company is agreeing to pay you a fixed income (hence the alternative name 'fixed income securities') for a certain time period, after which your money is repaid. If investors suspect a company may be unable to repay, they will demand a higher income or 'yield' - hence 'high yield bonds'.

  • Risk

    The possibility that your investment objectives won't be met. The most obvious variety is 'capital risk' – the possibility that you won't get your money back – but there are many other forms such as currency risk, income risk, inflation risk (that your investments won't keep pace with the cost of living) and so on. To get better returns, you must accept more risk – this is a law of physics in investing, no matter what the people who advertise funds like to claim. Understanding your own risk tolerance is crucial.

  • Return

    A measure of how your investments have performed, relative to your initial investment. For example if you invest £1,000 in a fund, and a year later your investment is worth £1,100, you've made a 10% return.

  • Maximum loss

    Otherwise known as maximum 'drawdown', this is a measure of how much you would lose if you bought an investment at its most expensive and sold at its cheapest (which, owing to the frailties of human psychology, often happens). For example if a fund was worth £1 a unit at one point but then fell to 50p – regardless of what happened in the meantime – the fund's loss would be 50%. Comparing the maximum loss for different managers over a given period is a good way of seeing who's doing the best job of safeguarding investors' money.

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John Stopford

John Stopford

  • Currently running 7 funds
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John Stopford has been a fund manager for 18 years and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He attended Oxford University where he obtained an Honours degree in chemistry. John was appointed head of fixed income at Investec in 2003. He moved to the London office after a stint in South Africa where he was made responsible for the South African fixed income business following the merger between Investec Asset Management and Guinness Flight in 1998. Through very strong performance, John helped grow South Africa’s fixed income assets under management from £1.5 billion to £5 billion in 5 years, winning numerous awards. Previously, John was responsible for Guinness Flight’s investments in emerging bond and currency markets in London. Prior to joining Guinness Flight in 1993, he worked in London and Tokyo as a specialist global bond and currency portfolio manager for Mitsui Trust Asset Management. John currently manages the Investec GSF Global Strategic Income Fund and the Investec GSF High Income Bond (US Dollar) fund where he uses an active and primarily top down fixed income investment process. Outside of fund mangement, John enjoys rugby.

Fund Group

Investec

Total returns in each sector over

  • Mixed Assets - Absolute Return

    0.6%Average manager 10.9%

    Mixed Assets - Absolute Return

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    0.6%

John Stopford has managed funds in the below sectors for less than 3 years

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Fund Manager's Citywire Ratings History

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Fund Manager's Citywire Ratings History

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