Investment management

At the heart of our service is our investment expertise

We offer a comprehensive range of investment solutions, designed to meet your goals

Our investment expertise is based on institutional disciplines, a firm belief in the value of active management, a strong and principled culture and a diversified, multi-asset approach. Every investor, irrespective of the amount they invest, benefits from the same rigorous, disciplined, institutional-quality approach. We never forget whose money it is and are always focused on your objectives – whether that’s growing capital, generating income or planning for the next generation.

Benefits for you:

  • Experienced investment management team taking a collegial approach, to create portfolios of our best ideas
  • Access to a wide range of asset classes including shares, bonds, cash and alternative investments
  • Simple, transparent fee structure
  • Industry award-winning services 

Our propositions can be managed within offshore bonds, SIPPs and ISAs, across a wide range of platforms and companies.

Would you like our dedicated and experienced managers to look after your investments?

Our team will make all the day-to-day investment decisions for you, whether you invest for income, growth or a blend of both. All our portfolios contain investments that are researched and monitored on an ongoing basis, that are actively managed and that reflect the strategic views of our highly experienced investment team.

Meet our investment team

Discretionary Management Service

Segregated portfolios for clients, investing directly and through third party funds and passive instruments. Available for clients who have £100,000 or more to invest.

Managed Portfolio Service

Segregated portfolios that invest in third party funds. This has a lower cost entry point and is available for clients who have £30,000 or more to invest.

Discretionary Management Service - Bespoke service

Our Bespoke service is customised to meet the needs of our high net worth clients. Our service is tailored to meet your unique and individual needs. Available for clients who have £1 million or more to invest and require direct access to a portfolio manager.

Close Discretionary Funds

Award winning fund range that includes Funds of direct investments, Funds of funds and Funds of passive instruments. Available for clients who have £1,000 or more to invest.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Prefer to choose your own investments?

Our online Self-Directed service allows you to make you own investment decision, selecting from a wide range of investment options.

Discretionary Management Service

We believe consistent long-term out-performance is best derived from global, multi-asset class portfolios. Our large and experienced team of investment managers and analysts work together to source the best ideas in each asset class and across different geographies. The investment managers use these ideas as the building blocks of the portfolios and then tailor them to meet the suitability and differing requirements of our diverse client base.

Our portfolios include direct investments in shares, bonds and real assets as well as third party funds and passive instruments in each asset class. In selecting the appropriate instrument we consider cost, currency protection, on-the-ground expertise and diversity.

Our multi-asset class portfolios give exposure to wide variety of opportunities and help to manage risk within portfolios. All our clients have different risk profiles and objectives which we are happy to accommodate. Your portfolio will be aligned with a suitable risk strategy and we are happy to accommodate income payments, ethical preferences and tax considerations to suit your needs. Your risk profile is reviewed on a rolling basis to ensure we reflect any changes in your circumstances and to offer reassurance.

In addition to accommodating stock specific ethical preferences, we also run fully ethical portfolios which allow you to meet your investment objectives while engaging with your ethical and moral views. We have partnered with Ethical Screening, whose rigorous research and analysis of company activities helps us determine whether or not a stock meets certain ethical criteria.

We provide annual tax packs and can tailor reporting to meet your requirements. We also offer online access to your portfolio valuation and reports. Strong, risk-adjusted performance and client service are equally important in achieving good client outcomes; we strive to achieve both.

Available for clients who have £100,000 or more to invest. If you wish to have an investment solution built exclusively for you and you are able to invest £1 million or more, you can take advantage of our Bespoke service.

Discretionary Management Service – Bespoke service

Our Bespoke service is customised to meet the needs of our high net worth clients with in excess of £1 million to invest who are looking for a higher degree of customisation and require direct access to a dedicated investment manager. Whether you are a private client, charity, trustee or a family office our Bespoke service is tailored to meet your unique and individual needs. We are stewards of wealth and strive to achieve the highest level of confidence in every aspect of our service.

Our understanding of your needs, goals and circumstances is at the centre of our Bespoke service. Bespoke portfolios can accommodate the full range of individual needs – from any ongoing requirements to draw a regular income to tax considerations, timing issues, inheritance and any ethical restrictions. Our Bespoke service aims to represent your financial interests as if they were our own and to develop long standing relationships with you, your family and your Professional Advisers. We place a high degree of importance on efficient administration combined with clear and reliable reporting to ensure that we maintain the highest levels of service. Our investment managers will work closely with you and your advisers to ensure that they understand your portfolio requirements and that our flexible approach adapts as your personal circumstances evolve.

Through a suitability review with investors, our investment managers establish the appropriate risk profile and preference for income and capital growth. We have internal guidelines for each risk tolerance but we can also accommodate wider risk bands within a given risk profile, if agreed with the investor. All of this is implemented by a dedicated investment manager, who truly understands a client’s specific needs.

Our Bespoke investment managers work together as part of the overall investment team to combine their knowledge and capabilities through our investment process whilst maintaining autonomy to meet your individual requirements. Each portfolio manager is responsible for a limited number of clients which means that you will have a direct relationship with the person managing your Investments.

Managed Portfolio Service

The Managed Portfolio Service includes five distinct strategies, each with its own risk profile and performance objective. You can choose to focus on income, growth, or a blend of both. For added flexibility, you can switch between the portfolios as your requirements change. 

All of the portfolios are well diversified by both geography and asset class offering what we believe is the optimal mix of equity, fixed income and alternative type funds to achieve the best risk-adjusted returns. Asset classes perform differently at various points in the economic cycle so investing across a range of assets gives you exposure to a wider set of opportunities while also reducing risk.

Our investment team works in partnership with our research team to select the best risk-rated funds to perform well in a given environment. The team has a successful track record and benefits from institutional-level research capabilities. Selecting the right managers is a complex process and the research team have developed a proprietary risk-grading system for fund selection. This 'Close Score' monitors manager and fund performance and enables us to deliver institutional-level manager research.

This has a lower cost entry point and is available for clients who have £30,000 or more to invest.

Close Discretionary Funds

We offer a range of funds with different risk and return profiles. These are pooled vehicles and are available in three forms. Available for clients who have £1,000 or more to invest.

  • Close Portfolio Funds - Invested primarily in individual securities, underpinned by our research and security selection expertise.

  • Close Managed Funds - Our multi-manager range, which is invested in third-party active funds, underpinned by our active manager selection process.

  • Close Tactical Select Passive Funds - Invested in cost-efficient passive instruments, underpinned by our disciplined passive security selection process.

View our complete range of funds

Close Discretionary Portfolio

These funds invest directly in equities, bonds and alternative assets, based on our asset allocation views and in-depth securities research.

They may also invest in passive funds for broad exposure to a particular investment sector or asset class, and funds from other managers who have specialist expertise in certain areas. Intensive research is key to identifying the most appropriate funds and securities.

Close Discretionary Managed

Multi-manager solutions, based on our strategic investment views, that seek to add value by harnessing the skills of external fund managers with outstanding track records, including some not normally available to private investors.

Selecting the right managers is a complex process and our institutional-level research capabilities are essential here.

Close Tactical Select Passive

Passive investments offer low-cost exposure to a variety of financial markets and stock market indices, with relatively low volatility. Our funds combine the benefits of active asset allocation expressed through passive instruments.

Even with a passive strategy, we take care to understand what drives the markets, assess the risks and effectively combine individual investments to meet investors’ objectives.

Specialist Funds

Niche portfolios that complement our multi-asset fund range, offering distinctly different management styles, strategies and risk profiles.

Managed by our investment management team, these funds offer additional opportunities for long-term growth and income.

Close Inheritance Tax Service (CITS)

Helping you grow and preserve your legacy

In the 2015/16 tax year, more than £4.6 billion was paid in Inheritance Tax (IHT)1. With a little forethought, much of this money could have been left to beneficiaries instead.

CITS is a simple, transparent, cost effective service which could help you to optimise your IHT position after as little as two years, without the need for complex and costly legal arrangements, by utilising Business Property Relief (BPR).

We introduced the service in 2001 and currently manage portfolios for over 1,000 clients.

So how does it work?

If you buy shares in investments that fully qualify for BPR at least two years before your death, and still hold the shares at time of death, that portion of your assets will be exempt from IHT.

CITS could be suitable if you have £50,000 or more in cash that you do not need for income or other short-term requirements. This solution aims to grow and preserve capital, but you must be ready to accept high risk and high volatility. There is no guarantee the expected outcome will be achieved and results may vary substantially over time.

Please note that, due to the higher risks involved with these investments, CITS is only available through a qualified financial adviser.

The service invests in shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and the ICAP Securities and Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) markets. In order to reduce risk, we aim to build a diverse portfolio of well-managed companies with the potential to deliver good returns over a two to five-year period.

CITS uses widely accepted tax reliefs that are clearly outlined by HMRC. You can keep control of your capital and can access it should your circumstances change, although this will mean giving up the IHT benefits.

Important information
CITS is not a capital protection service and the capital is at risk. The service is dependent on relevant tax legislation remaining in force. For a full disclosure of the risks, read Appendix A in the Client Agreement.

Source: HMRC: HMRC Tax & NIC receipts

  • CITS brochure

    If, on your death, the value of your estate – everything you possess and own outright, including your home – exceeds £325,000* (£650,000 for married couples and civil partners) then every penny over that amount could be subject to 40 per cent Inheritance Tax (IHT).
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    A simple solution to a complex problem
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