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4/12/2023
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How to analyse companies for long term investing

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A company’s reports and accounts can sometimes be considered a bit ‘dry’, but they can often hold hidden gems and crucial insights for any investor thinking of taking the plunge.

Does senior management have skin in the game? How is the business being managed? What is their strategy?

Downing's Judith MacKenzie, Head of Downing Fund Managers, and Rosemary Banyard, Manager of the VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund, recently discussed their careers as fund managers on the Fund Your Retirement podcast, in the third of a six-part series on ‘investing for the long term’. In this episode on 'How to analyse companies for long term Investing' each manager shares insights into their methodology of analysing a company’s report and accounts, they discuss why it’s important to read beyond the numbers, and relay their experiences from their decades-long careers in finance.

This podcast is packed full of canny observations and provides valuable perspectives for anyone interested in finance and investing careers.

Listen to the podcast below:

Downing Fund Managers

Judith founded Downing Fund Managers in 2010, the boutique investment arm of Downing LLP, a distinctive suite of funds and investment solutions that differ from the mainstream. She also manages the Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust plc (DSM) alongside Fund Manager, Nick Hawthorn.

Rosemary Banyard manages the VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund, a strategy that invests in unique businesses that can achieve above-average returns on capital, based on a sustainable competitive advantage.

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