VT Downing Monthly Income Fund

The VT Downing Monthly Income Fund aims to offer investors high returns through strategic and considered investment in c.50 companies across the UK stock exchange. Our monthly fund management process prioritises high-income yield alongside long-term capital growth prospects.

Your capital is at risk and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Investments in this fund are for the long term and higher risk compared to investments solely in larger, more established companies. Please read full details of the risks here.

Key features

  • Value-led investing: Our fund managers buy businesses at what we believe have attractive valuations to improve returns and aim to reduce downside risk.
  • Top quartile yield target: The monthly income fund is committed to providing a market and sector-beating yield.
  • Focused portfolio: Our disciplined due diligence policy drives a high-conviction investment strategy, where we use only our best ideas to push performance in a concentrated portfolio of c.50 companies listed on a UK stock exchange.
  • Risk-adjusted portfolio construction: Our bottom-up approach enables us to fully understand our investments. Strong balance sheets, good cash generating and efficient operations reduce risk.
  • Multi-cap, multi-sector approach: The monthly income fund applies Downing’s small-cap expertise across a range of UK market capitalisations and sectors.
  • Distributions: Income is paid monthly.
  • Investment committee: This provides an additional layer of risk oversight for the fund, which helps keep shareholders at the heart of our decision making.
  • Minimum investment: £1,000 lump sum (£500 subsequently) or £100 per month.

What do I need to know before investing?

  • Where and how is my money invested?

    Our UK fund managers invest across a range of domestic companies with different market capitalisations, allowing us to proactively find businesses that we believe can provide an attractive yield and long-term capital growth.

    Our rigorous bottom-up approach involves proprietary research and extensive due diligence, taking up to 18 months to get a comprehensive understanding of each company.  

    We have a high conviction approach to income investing and the fund's strategy is to unlock value in a concentrated portfolio of profitable smaller businesses that have a sustainable competitive advantage and a strong management team - at the right price. We focus on companies whose efficient operations and strong balance sheets allow them to pay secure and growing dividends. 

    The fund has a significantly lower exposure to the UK equity market's larger more popular dividend paying companies and seeks to generate income from alternative sources further down the market cap scale. We believe smaller companies are more likely to outperform as well as having the ability to take advantage of market inefficiencies, cheaper valuations and better growth prospects.

  • What’s the investment process behind our actively managed fund?

    Our typical investment process is laid out below: 

    • Screening 2,500 companies for investment opportunities.
    • Undertake initial due diligence on 200 companies.
    • Produce a headline investment paper.
    • Conduct fundamental analysis.
    • Perform financial modelling.
    • Determine valuation analysis.
    • Produce full investment paper.
    • Invest funds in companies.
    • Daily monitoring of c.50 companies.
  • What are the risks attached to monthly income funds?

    Our investment funds are not suitable investments for everyone, so we recommend seeking financial advice. This fund may not be appropriate if you plan to withdraw your money within five years. As with all investments, there are risks you should be aware of and comfortable with before you invest.

    • The value of your portfolio can go down as well as up so your capital is at risk and there is no guarantee you will get your investment back.
    • Any income received from your investment can rise and fall.
    • Investments in this fund are generally higher risk compared to investments in blue chip companies on a main stock exchange.
    • The companies the fund invests in may be more volatile and be less liquid than other investments. 
    • The past performance of a fund is not a reliable indicator of future results.

    Please note this is only a brief overview of the risks involved with investing in the VT Downing Monthly Income Fund. Please read full details of all the risks here before investing.

  • What are the charges?

    These charges cover the management and administration costs of running the fund. These charges reduce the potential growth of your investment.

    Initial charge: 0%

    No exit charge. 

    Annual management charge: 0.75% based on the value of your investment.
    There may be further charges for buying and selling assets for the fund and 'dilution levy' costs associated with entering or exiting the fund, this is to cover costs associated with your transaction.

    Ongoing charges: this is currently capped at 1.00%

    For more information about charges please read the fund prospectus.

  • Who's the team behind the VT Downing Monthly Income Fund?

    The fund is run by Josh McCathie. Josh joined Downing in October 2018 as an analyst for the VT Downing Monthly Income fund and AIM IHT products. He took over as lead fund manager of the VT Downing Monthly Income Fund in April 2021.

    Josh is supported by the Downing Fund Managers team, which was established in 2010 by Fund Manager Judith MacKenzie. Judith heads up the 13-strong team who manage over £371 million in publicly listed assets (as at 30 June 2021). The investment team have many years’ experience across both private and public equity markets.

    Downing Fund Managers is a boutique asset management business, drawing on Downing LLP's 30-year venture capital track record.

How to invest

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We're here to help

If you are a financial adviser, or discretionary fund manager please call us on 020 7630 3319 or email us at sales@downing.co.uk.

If you are a private investor you can speak to our investor relationship team on 020 3828 0975 or email customer@downing.co.uk.

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