Bestinvest reveals only 5% of retail funds are managed by women11 June 2013
In recent years the spotlight has turned on the lack of women directors on company Boards, with David Cameron writing to FTSE 350 companies in 2011 asking them to set out targets for the proportion of female directors they will have on their Boards by 2015 and encouraging FTSE 100 businesses to achieve 25% female representation by 2015.
The focus on Board representation has been given impetus by the work of the ‘30% Club’, a group of company Chairmen and leading asset managers, founded by Helena Morrissey, CEO of fund company Newton.
Yet new research from leading private client group Bestinvest has revealed that while only around 17% of current FTSE 100 company directors are female, women are considerably more under represented when it comes to the fund management profession that invests in these businesses.
Bestinvest estimates that only 5% of retail investment funds, such as unit trusts and OEICs, are managed by female fund managers. Bestinvest’s assessment is based on analysis of the five largest Investment Management Association sectors which show that the percentage of funds run by women ranged from just 2% in the UK Equity Income sector to 7% in the UK All Companies sector. The research included funds which have a female co-manager.
The remaining three IMA sectors under scrutiny had equally low figures, estimated as 6% in the Global sector, and 5% in both the Corporate Bond and Mixed Investment 40% -80% sectors.
Despite the gross under representation of women in the fund management industry, the profession nevertheless has some exceptional role models according to Bestinvest.
Using its proprietary research database of fund manager career records, Bestinvest has identified a number of women fund managers which the firm singles out for having delivered a combination of index beating returns over their long careers and consistency of performance by beating their benchmarks in the majority of individual months.
|Name||Career length in sector - Years||Current Main Onshore Fund||Current Fund 5 yr - Total Return||Current Fund 5yr – Relative to Benchmark||5 yr percentile rank in sector||Avg mthly return relative to Benchmark -5 years||Avg mthly relative to Benchmark – career||% Months beaten index|
|Julie Dean||13.9||Cazenove UK Opportunities||£220||62%||1st||0.8%||0.28%||57%|
|Rosemary Banyard||15.5||Schroder UK Smaller Cs (co-managed)||£167||16%||41st||0.3%||0.45%||60%|
|Margaret Lawson||14.0||SVM UK Growth||£151||12%||18th||0.2%||0.76%||56%|
|Sarah Whitley||5.6||Baillie Gifford Japanese (co-managed)||£145||18%||23rd||0.3%||0.37%||60%|
|Jane Andrews||16.5||Smith and Williamson Far Eastern Growth||£154||14%||47th||0.20%||0.33%||57%|
|Audrey Ryan||14.3||Kames Ethical Equity||£137||2%||39th||0.0 %||0.11%||55%|
|Henrietta Luk||14.3||Melchior Asian Opportunities||£159||6%||24th||0.2%||0.41%||55%|
Jason Hollands, Managing Director, Business Development and Communications at Bestinvest, concluded: “What is clearly important for the long-term health of the industry is that it attracts people from the widest pool of talent and potential. The fact that there are already some great role models should be a source of inspiration for women considering fund management as a career. Among well –established managers the leading star in our view is Julie Dean, who currently holds the top slot in the large and ultra-competitive IMA UK All Companies Sector with the Cazenove UK Opportunities fund and who has recently been named as successor to Richard Buxton on the Schroder UK Growth Investment Trust. However, lesser known names who have clocked up some impressive results include SVM’s Margaret Lawson and Dalton Strategic Partner’s Henrietta Luk.”
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