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Blackrock Uk Smaller Companies A Acc - Latest News

Sector Watch: Small-caps bear the brunt of the credit crunch

Managers in the UK Smaller Companies sector have seen returns dwindle further, with the average manager posting a loss of 20.34% over 12 months to the end of August.

Shrewd Snapshot: A-rated Plackett buys into small cap energy firm

BlackRock fund manager Richard Plackett has taken a significant stake in AIM-listed oil and gas production company Irvine Energy.

Rated Manager Survey: Banks and mining stocks leave managers divided

The fallout from the liquidity crisis and fears over its effect on the wider global economy have led to a weakening of confidence among Citywire rated managers over the last month.

Rated manager survey: Rock troubles start a run on manager confidence

The run on Northern Rock gave a clearer indication of the magnitude of the liquidity crisis in markets and sent confidence among Citywire rated managers plunging last month.

Hold or Fold: Merrill Lynch UK Smaller Companies vs Gartmore UK & Irish Smaller Companies

This week the panel concentrates its gaze on a pair of funds in the smaller companies sector and despite one fund’s impressive absolute returns it is still not enough to spare it from a thumbs down.

Smith on funds: Stability is key to Plackett's success

Richard Plackett took responsibility for the £850 million Merrill Lynch UK Special Situations fund just over three years ago.

Shrewd Snapshot - April review: F&C's Scott backs Prodesse

Citywire takes a look at some of the shrewd investing over the last month, which includes A-rated Ted Scott joining the list of backers in property firm Prodesse.

Shrewd Snapshot: AAA-rated Plackett increases holding in Parity

Citywire AAA-rated BlackRock MLIM fund manager Richard Plackett has increased his position in IT services group Parity.

Rated Manager of the Week: Richard Plackett

Citywire AAA-rated Richard Plackett takes time to understand the companies he invests in before he makes any decisions and as a result has returned 17.4% over 12 months compared to his average peer’s 15.6%.

Shrewd Snapshot: Plackett pops up in Quantica

Top-performing fund manager Richard Plackett has increased his Merrill Lynch UK Smaller Companies fund's holding in Quantica, a £37 million recruitment consulting firm.