by Dewi John.
On 25 March 2021, Refinitiv Lipper unveiled the results of the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards for the UK.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, physical in-person events won’t be held, but we’ve got a series of articles, blogs, and videos showcasing investment excellence in what has been a testing year for fund managers. Given this challenging year for the global fund industry, the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards is sure to get considerable attention, as it showcases the ability of fund managers to deliver high risk-adjusted returns, over a year fraught with so many risks.
While the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are entirely quantitative, this should not be understood in the sense of raw return numbers alone—award winners aren’t determined by picking the funds with the highest returns over the respective awards periods.
The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader rating for Consistent Return. These ratings are calculated using a utility function based on the effective return over multiple non-overlapping periods—within the respective three-, five-, and 10-year horizons. The calculations over multiple periods ensure that all periods in which a fund underperforms the average of its peer group are identified. Then, Refinitiv Lipper uses a utility function based on behavioural finance theory to penalize periods of underperfomance against the peer group average, with more significant weightings being given to excess losses.
This calculation methodology ensures that the winners are funds that have provided superior consistency and risk-adjusted returns, compared to similar funds. We believe this is more in line with how investors view financial gain and loss, meaning that funds receiving a Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award may be the best fit for investors who value a fund’s year-to-year consistency relative to other funds in a particular peer group.
The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards recognised those funds which had the highest score in the Lipper Leader rating for Consistent Return over the three-, five-, and 10-year periods. Overall, there were 95 funds that won an award for the three-year period. Also, 89 funds were recognized with a Lipper Fund Award over the five-year period, and 59 funds won the prestigious trophy for the 10-year period. The complete lists of the winning funds can be found on our awards website here.
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Premier Fund Managers Ltd won the Lipper Fund Award for the Equity UK category over the three-year period, while Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha A Inc took the five-year award. Royal London Sustainable Leaders Trust A Inc won for the 10-year period.
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MI Chelverton UK Equity Growth B Acc was named the Lipper Fund Award winner for Equity UK Small- and Mid-Cap over the three- and five-year periods, while Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund (R) Inc won over the 10-year period.
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Santander Equity Income Ret Inc won the Lipper Fund Award for the Equity UK Income category over the three-year period, while Allianz UK Equity Income A Inc won for the five-year period, and TB Evenlode Income B Acc won over the 10-year period.
The group awards are divided into those for large and small management groups based on a regional assets-under-management split. It is not enough for a fund management company to hold just one large fund. A large management group must have at least five equity, five bond, and three mixed-asset portfolios, while a small group must have at least three equity, three bond, and three mixed-asset portfolios. The complete lists of the winning asset management groups can be found on our awards website.
Within the bond segment, the best small asset manager was Mirova, which outperformed 16 competitors in this category. The best large bond fund manager was once again Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which topped a list of 54 in this category.
Privately owned boutique Seilern Investment Management beat 77 others to be named the best small asset manager in the equity segment. Baillie Gifford won the trophy as the best large equity asset manager, beating 68 competitors in terms of consistent outperformance.
There were 49 asset managers competing for the Lipper Fund Awards for both large and small classifications in the mixed-asset segment. While Chelsea Financial Services won the trophy for the best small manager, the award for the best large manager went to Legg Mason.
The winning group for the overall award were able to show an above-average risk-adjusted performance within their bond, equity, and mixed-asset products. This award was scooped up by Goldman Sachs.
As you can see from the number of fund management groups in each category, the Lipper Fund Awards are exceedingly competitive and recognise the fund managers that are setting benchmarks within the industry. The Awards commemorate the expertise of the collective fund management industry and the individual funds’ ability to outperform the market.
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The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards, granted annually, highlight funds and fund companies that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.
The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60, and 120 months. The fund with the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value in each eligible classification wins the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award. For more information, see lipperfundawards.com Although Refinitiv Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Refinitiv Lipper.
About Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards:
For more than 30 years and in over 17 countries worldwide, the highly-respected Refinitiv Lipper Awards have honoured funds and fund management firms that have excelled in providing consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers and focus the investment world on top funds. The merit of the winners is based on entirely objective, quantitative criteria. This, coupled with the unmatched depth of fund data, results in a unique level of prestige and ensures the award has lasting value. Renowned fund data and proprietary methodology is the foundation of this prestigious award qualification, recognizing excellence in fund management. Find out more at www.lipperfundawards.com.