Real Name: Rob Davies
Occupation: Fund Manager
Interests: Funds, Stocks
Rob Davies is the Fund Manager of The Munro Fund.. He worked as a professional geologist in Antarctica and Australia before joining the City as a mining analyst. During his 15 years he worked for a number of brokers and investment banks including Smith New Court, Shearson Lehman Hutton and ING Barings. He was a speaker at the Financial Times Gold Conference in 1997 and worked on a number of capital market transactions in the mining industry. From 1999 to 2001 he was a writer at The Motley Fool and co-wrote “The Old Fools Guide to Retirement”. In 2002 he joined the Private Client Department of Clydesdale Bank as Senior Investment Analyst where he was responsible for writing and maintaining investment policy, selecting securities and portfolio creation until the department was sold in 2006. His experience of the stock market as an equity research analyst, personal finance writer and portfolio construction manager has given him a unique background to draw on in crafting this investment process which he now runs at The Munro Fund.
The Munro Fund seeks to deliver the total return of the FTSE 350 index through its unique process of creating a tracker fund using forecast gross cash dividends to construct the portfolio.
Web Address: http://www.themunrofund.com
Exchange House, 50 Drymen Road, Bearsden
Tel: 0141 931 7646
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No, but you can use a passive fund with a value bias
Most people assume that passive investing allocates capital according to mkt cap. There is no reason that should apply to all passive funds and indeed the new breed of smart-beta funds give the asset class return but With other benefits.
Some interesting comments about executing index strategies http://www.indexuniverse.eu/blog/8677-whats-cheaper-index-fund-or-etf.html?year=2012&month=11&Itemid=127
Thanks for the feedback. You are right. It is your money. Contact the companies you invest in and suggest it.
At the bottom of this page there is a table listing the forecasts for total dividend payments for the UK Market over the last five years. http://www.themunrofund.com/0605_history.html It is also worth looking at the Capita dividend monitor http://www.capitaregistrars.com/publications/6408_Dividend_Monitor-v7-flat.pdf