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Rosemary Banyard Fund Manager, featured in PI world

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Rosemary launched the VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund on 23 March 2020, just days from the nadir of the market crash. Here, she discusses launching a fund when there is ‘blood on the streets’. Rosemary outlines some of her investing criteria including intrinsic valuation and return on equity, with a disregard to PEs. She also gives us an insight into where she finds ideas and goes on to discuss a few of her fund’s holdings. A very informative interview.

Link to the interview: 

02:36 What inspired the Downing VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund? 

04:47 How’s it performed in its first year? 

05:53 How did it feel to launch a fund in the nadir of the market crash? 

08:45 Retrospectively what would you have done differently? Have you sold anything? 

12:00 Investment criteria. Intrinsic value, versus other metrics and qualitative factors. 

18:50 Valuations and PE 

22:23 Why would you sell? 

25:23 What is the ideal number of holdings and percentage weighting? 

29:10 Of your holdings do you think is the most undervalued: Elementis #ELM 

32:40 Which of your holdings is the most risky? James Fisher #FSJ 

35:10 Which of your holdings is a buy and forget? Impax Asset Management #IPX 

36:17 Where do you get your ideas from? 

39:57 Does liquidity limit positions you can get into? 

42:40 Outlook for the market 

Rosemary Banyard began her career with James Capel & Co where she was a senior investment analyst for 12 years before becoming a fund manager at AIB Govett. She rose to prominence and developed a reputation as one of the leading female fund managers in the UK after she joined Schroders in 1997. For almost 20 years she was known for running the acclaimed Schroder UK Smaller Companies Fund with Andy Brough, and was for many years lead manager of the award-winning Schroder Mid Cap Fund PLC as well as heading up several other segregated UK equity mandates, managing total assets of c £1 billion. 

In 2016 she joined Sanford DeLand to launch and manage the Free Spirit Fund. The Schroder UK Mid Cap trust returned 17% pa while she was manger and in her two and a half years managing money at Sanford DeLand the Free Spirit Fund returned 31% placing it in the top decile of the IA UK All Companies sector. She joined Downing in March 2020 to launch the VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund.     

Originally published in PI World on 16 April 2021.  

For more information on Rosemary’s VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund, visit 

Risk warning: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. Please note target returns are not guaranteed. Investments in this fund should be held for the long term and are higher risk compared to investments solely in larger, more established companies. Values may be affected by fluctuations in currency exchange rates and may cause the value of your investment to go up and down. Diversification may not be achieved and investments may be in the same sector. 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. Please refer to the latest full Prospectus and KIID before investing; your attention is drawn to the risk, fees and taxation factors contained therein. 

Important notice: This document is intended for retail investors and their advisers is for information purposes only. It 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. Downing does not offer investment or tax advice or make recommendations regarding investments. 

Downing LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 545025).  Registered in England and Wales (No. OC341575). Registered Office: 6th Floor, St Magnus House, 3 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6HD. 


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