MW Smaller Companies Fund
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Objectives and policy

The investment objective of the Smaller Companies Fund is to grow the real value of investors’ capital and income. Investments will primarily be in global smaller companies, which do not form part of the leading market indices. An equal emphasis will be placed on the generation of income and on capital growth. 

The fund may invest in any geographical area and any economic sector. In accordance with the firm’s ethical principles, the fund has no investments in tobacco companies or companies directly involved in the development of arms. 


The fund holds a portfolio of direct investments in a diversified range of international smaller companies. Individual investments and geographic allocations are continually evaluated and adjustments are made according to the relative merits of each holding and the opportunities in the smaller company sector offered by different international markets.


The fund is structured as an authorised unit trust. Its structure provides investors with certain institutional safeguards and simplicity of administration. Furthermore, as no tax is suffered on capital gains realised within the fund, there are no tax constraints on active management of fund holdings and individuals benefit from the deferral of tax on capital gains (if any) until the point at which capital is withdrawn.

Asset allocation
  • 2%
  • 98%

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Geographic allocation
  • 34%
  • 30%
  • 24%
  • 6%
  • 6%

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Summary of investment activities to 31st January 2018

The fund’s financial year end has moved to 28th February (from 31st January).  Investors will receive a report on the extended period of thirteen months in April.

The price of units in the fund at 31st January stood at £52.948, a rise of 19% over preceding year.  The general strength in equity markets over the period was amplified by superior returns from smaller companies.

After a sustained period of remarkably low volatility, equity markets have been much less settled since the end of January.  In part, this reflects heightened anxiety over the prospect of rising interest rates.  Furthermore, market movements are likely to have been amplified by mechanistic transactions from passive funds. Highly valued stocks may prove more vulnerable in such circumstances.

Nevertheless, the history of the Smaller Companies Fund demonstrates the value of identifying able management teams and strong business models.  Smaller companies are by no means immune to potential market weakness, but the sector continues to justify its place in a long-term investment portfolio.

The state of the world economy is reasonably encouraging for investment prospects, even if stock valuations seem stretched in many markets and there is considerable political uncertainty.

Growth in the US economy seems solidly based with positive business and consumer sentiment positive and low unemployment. Valuations look particularly high for US companies, however, and the country's direction under Trump's presidency remains open to question. A string of judicial challenges and legislative defeats have stalled most of his declared policies.

The UK is facing the upheaval of Brexit. There is still no framework for the future relationship between the UK and the eurozone, and negotiations are likely to be complicated further by UK government's fragile majority. In these circumstances, the ultimate impact of 'Brexit' for the UK and eurozone is difficult to assess. Rising consumer debt in the UK is a concern, particularly since spending is likely to be hurt by the lack of growth in real incomes. By contrast, the outlook for the eurozone has brightened with the strongest economic growth since 2011 and falling unemployment.

Economic data from Japan has also been encouraging, even if it has failed to translate into a meaningful increase in consumption. The most attractive investment opportunities continue to be in exporting companies.

Monetary policy remains supportive for investment in most regions. Although central banks are beginning to unwind their accommodative stances in the UK and Europe, they have indicated that this will be an extremely gradual process. Even in the USA, the Federal Reserve is stressing that any further interest rate rises are likely to be made in very small steps.

We believe long-term investment in smaller companies can be particularly rewarding. Over the past 30 years, global investment institutions have come to dominate equity markets. Their buying naturally has been concentrated on the biggest and most liquid stocks, rather than smaller companies, however attractive the values and prospects of the latter may be. As a specialist private client firm, McInroy & Wood is much less hampered by liquidity considerations in its investment selections, and is in a strong position to exploit opportunities in the smaller company sector on behalf of its clients.

Total return on investment
net of charges and assuming re-investment of dividends

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Total return (£)
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to 30th June 2018
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Total return (%)
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
12 months to 30th June
  • 18.5
  • 24.2
  • 11.2
  • 8.9
  • 17.9
  • 24.8
  • -12.7
  • 28.9
  • 36.4
  • -7.7
Historic prices and dividends
Personal class
Legacy class (closed 21/12/2016)
Launch date
McInroy & Wood Portfolios Ltd 
Investment adviser
McInroy & Wood Ltd 
Custodian & Trustee
Bank of New York Mellon (International) Limited 
Fund size (at 16/07/2018)
Independent auditor
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
Fund status
Authorised unit trust 
Reference currency
IA sector
Valuation and dealing
12pm on each UK business day 
Valuation basis
Forward, single-price basis 
Unit type
Income (reinvestment facility available) 
Min. initial and subsequent investment
Regular savings facility
£100 monthly minimum investment 
Reporting periods
28th February and 31st August 
Current tax year ISA/JISA limits
£20,000 / £4,128 
Dividend information
Ex-dividend dates
1st March and 1st September 
Payment dates
On or before 30th April and 31st October 
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If you are considering investing in the fund or wish to manage existing investments all the information and forms you need can be downloaded using the links below. All investments require the completion of the appropriate form which should then be sent to the postal address below.

Our funds are also available from various platforms. These are categorised as either Retail (for anyone investing directly in their own right) or Advisor (for investments made via a professional intermediary).

Please do not hesitate to contact our Unit Trust Team should you have any questions.

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CM99 2EA

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