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The equity income funds we're picking amid the turmoil
Income fund managers are falling like nine pins with Tineke Frikkee of Newton Higher Income the latest to go. Here's a reminder of our favourite funds.
There has been another important management change in the UK Equity Income fund sector.
Hot on the heels of news that Tony Nutt will step back from running the Jupiter Income fund next month has come the announcement that Tineke Frikkee has been replaced as manager of the £2.2 billion Newton Higher Income fund.
The fund has struggled to keep up with its main rivals in over the past three and five years with its performance hampered by a high yield target that put investors’ capital at risk. Recently, Frikkee has held 8% of the fund in cash, a large position reflecting her concerns about the future prospects for company profits and dividends.
Last year, in a bid to improve performance, Newton cut the fund’s income target to increase the number of stocks it could choose from. That prompted our Citywire Selection team to place the fund under review. It was dropped from their list of recommendations at the start of this year.
Frikkee, who has managed Newton Higher Income since 2004, passes the reins to Richard Wilmot, the manager in charge of the Newton UK Equity fund, which absorbed the group’s Income and Growth funds in a bout of corporate spring cleaning this year.
Wilmot is currently A-rated by Citywire for his three-year performance figures whereas Frikkee was last rated in June 2011.
Newton has said it will relax the fund’s methodology yet again. Where previously the fund bought stocks that yielded 15% more than the general stock market and sold them when their yield fell in line with the average of companies on the FTSE All Share index, it will now buy at 75% of the market yield and sell at 50%. This relaxation will allow the new manager to pick companies he thinks will grow their dividends over time. The previous limits meant the fund was picking stocks near the upper end of their ability to pay good dividends.
Linked to this is another change. The fund's income yield, which once stood at 7%, will be cut again over the next 18 months and move to a new target of just 10% above the FTSE All Share yield over three years. The index currently yields 3.6% meaning the fund would aim to pay an income of around 4% a year if the strategy was adopted today.
Citywire's favourite income funds
Our Citywire Selection team have picked eleven equity income funds they like.
You can find out more about these funds by following the links to their fact sheets. Five of them also appeared in our ISA 2012 income funds special report.
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by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 19, 2014 at 17:24