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Fund manager insights: The evolution of the VT Downing Fox Funds

Simon Evan-Cook
Simon Evan-Cook

Fund Manager

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“Joining Downing was my kind of shot at fulfilling the dream of setting up a fund range fit for advisers in the 2020s given all the kind of difficulties around consumer duty, costs, and everything else that there might be.” - Simon Evan-Cook.

Simon Evan-Cook, Manager of the VT Downing Fox Funds, recently spoke with Bella Caridade-Ferreria on the Compare the Platform podcast and shared his thoughts on:  

  • Simplifying a portfolio and the art of fund selection  
  • The passive components of a portfolio  
  • How the design of the Downing Fox range makes it an appealing proposition
  • Why, despite all pressure to the contrary, he chose to run funds of funds over a Managed Portfolio Service  

The podcast explores the world of fund management through the lens of a multi-asset manager with over 25 years of experience in the investment industry.  

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VT Downing Fox Funds

Downing launched the VT Downing Fox Funds range in June of 2023. The multi-asset range, designed specifically for UK financial advisers, consists of four funds of funds that differ by the amount they hold in equities: 40%, 60%, 80% and 100%. The Fox range is managed by Simon Evan-Cook and Alex Paget.

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Please note that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Capital is at risk. Investments and the income derived from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the full amount invested. Investments in our funds should be held for the long-term and are higher risk compared to investments solely in larger, more established companies. Opinions expressed represent the views of the fund manager at the time of publication, are subject to change, and should not be interpreted as investment advice.

Important notice: This content is for information only and does not form part of a direct offer or invitation to purchase, subscribe for or dispose of securities and no reliance should be placed on it. This content contains information that is believed to be accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice. Whilst care has been taken in compiling this content, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Downing LLP as to its accuracy or completeness, including for external sources (which may have been used) which have not been verified. Downing does not offer investment or tax advice or make recommendations regarding investments. Downing LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference No. 545025).


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