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Aberdeen’s mainstream equity process dates from the early 1990s and we believe its advantage lies in the consistency of its approach, irrespective of market conditions.
From the company visits and analysis carried out regionally, through to portfolio construction decisions, we adopt a team approach.
Cross-coverage of securities locally ensures objectivity; we avoid cultivating ‘star’ managers. Diversification at the stock level is our main control of risk. We aim to add value by capitalising on original research and in avoiding fashions. We see equity risk in terms of investing in a poor quality company, or overpaying for a good one.
We aim to add value by identifying good quality stocks, defined chiefly in terms of management and business model, which are attractively priced. Good stockpicking is the key to our performance. We downplay benchmarks in portfolio construction since these provide little clue to future performance. Our asset managers avoid businesses that we do not understand or those with discriminatory shareholder structures.
Our mainstream equity managers always visit companies before investing, making thousands of visits annually to existing and prospective holdings. Every contact is documented in detail. If a security fails our screens, we will not own it, irrespective of its index weight.
Our mainstream strategies are simple; we buy and hold, add on price dips and take profits on price rises. This reduces transaction costs and keeps portfolios focused. We rarely pursue short-term returns for mainstream equity strategies, albeit for specialist portfolios, activity may be more dynamic.
We employ over 100 equity investment professionals globally. Portfolio decisions are made collectively, and we avoid cultivating ‘star’ fund managers. Cross-coverage of securities also increases objectivity