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Buxton powers OMGI beyond Schroders at top of sales league

by Dylan Lobo on May 09, 2014 at 08:16

Buxton powers OMGI beyond Schroders at top of sales league

Richard Buxton has helped power Old Mutual Global Investors to the top of the fund sales charts at the expense of his former employers Schroders.

According to the latest Pridham report, Old Mutual Global Investors saw the biggest net inflow in the first quarter, taking in £857 million. This was almost double what it took in the final quarter of 2013 when it stood in sixth spot.

The firm also entered the top 10 gross sellers in the first quarter, taking sixth spot with £1.575 billion.

The report attributes this rise largely to Citywire A-rated Buxton (pictured), who left Schroders to launch the Old Mutual UK Alpha fund. However, it also pointed out OMGI’s ‘equity fund sales generally have risen’ and that the newly launched, inflation-targeted Foundation mixed asset range had attracted ‘significant’ support.

The firm beat Standard Life Investments, which came in second on net sales with inflows of £642.5 billion as its Gars strategy remained in vogue.

OMGI’s rise came in tandem with a decline at his former employers Schroders, which fell from top spot in net sales in the fourth quarter to fifth as inflows dropped from £1.15 billion to £482.2 billion.

This fall can be attributed to the firm’s decision to close a number of ex-Cazenove funds on capacity grounds. This includes AA-rated Paul Marriage and John Warren's UK Dynamic Smaller Companies and Absolute UK Dynamic funds, while Schroders has also discouraged inflows into AAA-rated Julie Dean's Schroder UK Opportunities fund.    

Schroders also lost top spot in gross sales, this time to M&G which took in £2.537 billion thanks primarily to interest in A-rated Richard Woolnough's Optimal Income fund and + rated Stuart Rhodes' Global Dividend fund, with its Property fund managed by Fiona Rowley also drawing in investors. However, outflows meant the group could not hold a spot in the top 10.

Meanwhile Invesco Perpetual held onto third in gross sales with £2.2 billion, with the report highlighting ‘steady flows into its High Income and Distribution funds ‘indicating that many investors didn’t know or didn’t care about Neil Woodford’s imminent departure'.

However, while Woodford’s former funds continued to attract money, there were a number of discretionary disposals of the quarter, resulting in Invesco Perpetual being out of the top 10 on a net basis for the second successive quarter.

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