Stephen Snowden

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  • 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.

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    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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Stephen Snowden

Stephen Snowden

  • Currently running 3 funds
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  • Current rating:
    Citywire AA

Born in December 1971 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, fixed income investor Stephen Snowden gained a BSc and an MSc in finance from Belfast University. He joined Aegon shortly afterwards and impressed in a four-year spell as a US analyst. He was subsequently moved into the corporate bond team and took responsibility for a wide range of investments when he was promoted to head of retail fixed income in 2002. On his Aegon Extra Income fund he delivered impressive returns and a high yield. Snowden joined Old Mutual Asset Management to manage the Old Mutual Corporate Bond following Richard Woolnough’s move to M&G Investments and took charge of the fund in February 2004. He then rejoined Aegon (now Kames Capital) in July 2011, and runs the Kames Absolute Return Bond Fund.

Fund Group

Kames Capital

Total returns in each sector over

  • Bonds - Sterling Corporate Bond

    32.3%Average manager 23.9%

    Bonds - Sterling Corporate Bond

    View performance chart

    32.3%

Stephen Snowden also manages these funds

Fund Manager's Citywire Ratings History

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Fund Manager's Citywire Ratings History

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