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IA 100 Club 2015: Winners revealed

IA 100 Club 2015: Winners revealed

Investment Adviser has unveiled the 100 Club winners for 2015 in a ceremony hosted at the FT headquarters in London, with Baillie Gifford taking the Large Investment Group title.

The judging panel said Baillie Gifford offered a number of high-quality retail funds, a statement reinforced by the fact the firm’s Japan Trust and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust were both independent winners.

Judges also highlighted the firm’s long-term approach to fund management.

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Other big winners included Henderson Global Investors, which won in the Small to Mid Investment Group category and saw Luke Newman and Ben Wallace’s UK Absolute Return vehicle take another award. Vanguard, meanwhile, won in the Passive Investment Group grouping.

Henderson was praised as a fund house because of the “huge strides” it made across both its fund range and overall business in recent years, while Vanguard impressed judges with a combination of low prices, low tracking error and an “admirable” investment culture.

Kames Capital took two awards, with its Ethical Cautious Managed fund beating competitors in the Mixed Asset category and its Investment Grade Bond fund succeeding in the Sterling Corporate Bond category.

Meanwhile Standard Life Investments saw Thomas Moore’s UK Equity Income Unconstrained fund triumph in the popular UK Equity Income category. Hermes Global Emerging Markets, run by Gary Greenberg, and David Hambidge’s Premier Multi-Asset Distribution fund were also among the winners.

The judging panel consisted of Charles Stanley investment analyst Stephen Peters, Parmenion senior investment manager Meera Hearnden, Hawksmoor Investment Management’s head of research Jim Wood-Smith, City Asset Management’s research director James Calder and Gavin Haynes, managing director at Whitechurch Securities.

The winners in the Investment Adviser 100 Club Awards

Global Equity

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
Global Emerging MarketsHermes Global Emerging Markets
UK EquityOld Mutual UK Mid Cap
UK Equity IncomeStandard Life Investments UK Equity Income Unconstrained
UK Smaller CompaniesStrategic Equity Capital Trust
North American EquityOld Mutual North American Equity
European EquityJupiter European Opportunities Trust
Japanese EquityBaillie Gifford Japan Trust
Asia Pacific EquityPacific Assets Trust
Mixed AssetKames Ethical Cautious Managed
Mixed Asset IncomePremier Multi-Asset Distribution
Sterling Corporate BondKames Investment Grade Bond
Sterling Strategic Bond Fidelity Extra Income
Specialist Bond FundLegg Mason Brandywine Global Fixed Income
Specialist Sectors and AssetsBiotech Growth Trust
Property Aberdeen Property Share
Absolute Return Henderson UK Absolute Return
Passive Investment Group Vanguard
Large Investment GroupBaillie Gifford
Small to Mid Investment GroupHenderson Global Investors