CT Global Focus Fund

Quality leads to consistent growth

The CT Global Focus Fund is a best ideas portfolio of the world’s high-quality companies. Following the approach of our successful SICAV strategy, this fund seeks out quality companies with sustainable competitive advantage that are able to continually grow their earnings above the market. Our extensive research network of equity investment professionals across geographies and sectors equips Fund Manager, David Dudding, with a uniquely broad and diversified investment opportunity set, crucial at a time when growth is scarce.


More opportunity - Global research capabilities drive differentiated stock holdings

Although a focused portfolio of typically 30-50 holdings, the fund has a more balanced and diversified opportunity set and no reliance on a particular sector or geography to drive performance. For example, exposure to faster growing emerging market economies and quality companies within areas such as financials.

More quality - A clear and differentiated quality approach focusing on competitive advantage

The team looks for multiple sources of competitive advantage in a businesses that provide a wide economic moat, such as strong brand, low-cost production, network effect, efficient scale meaning only a few large players can operate, and switching costs that make changing a service or product expensive. The teams believes these competitive advantages give businesses a strong position to withstand disruptive innovation.

More growth - Invests in companies sustainably growing faster than the market

The fund has a growth tilt with no style drift, which the team believes is especially important in a structurally lower-growth environment.

Key facts

Target benchmark


Comparator Benchmark
UK IA – Global


Fund Launch
April 2018


Typical number of holdings


Fund manager
David Dudding

FE Alpha Manager David Dudding 2021

Philosophy & approach

The team’s style is based on the search for high-quality stocks which have multi-source competitive advantages alongside robust business models, and therefore strong and sustainable long-term growth potential. The ability of quality companies to sustain high returns on capital and above-average growth is often underestimated, meaning that potential long-term winners trade at a discount to their intrinsic value.

What we mean by quality
  • Competitive advantage manifests itself in a company’s ability to generate high returns on capital
  • The market tends to assume that high returns mean-revert, causing quality companies to be undervalued with growth potential
  • Identifying companies with a sustainable competitive advantage exploits this inefficiency
How we identify sustainable competitive advantage
Competitive advantage framework: how to identify strong economic moats
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1 As at 30 September 2020

The team thoroughly analyse both company fundamentals and industry prospects, using a competitive advantage framework to identify economic moats, and apply Porter’s Five Forces to assess the sustainability of those competitive advantages.

Working with our equity research teams across the globe they then build a high conviction, best ideas portfolio of quality companies with strong growth potential.

With a ‘go anywhere’ approach, stock selection drives sector and regional weightings, and we believe our focus on businesses with strong fundamentals drives outperformance across a range of market conditions, with your clients success our priority.


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The Fund aims to achieve capital growth over the long term. It looks to outperform the MSCI ACWI Index over rolling 3-year periods, after the deduction of charges. The Fund is actively managed, and invests at least 75% of its assets in a concentrated portfolio of shares of companies worldwide. The Fund selects companies in which the fund manager has a high conviction that the current share price does not reflect the prospects for that business. These companies may be chosen from any economic sector or geographic region, with significant sector and share weightings taken at the fund manager’s discretion. There is no restriction on company size, however, investment tends to focus on larger companies, such as those included in the MSCI ACWI Index. The MSCI ACWI Index is regarded as providing an appropriate representation of the share performance of large and mediumsized companies worldwide, currently with more than 2,700 companies included. It provides a suitable target benchmark against which Fund performance will be measured and evaluated over time.

The Fund typically invests in fewer than 50 companies, which may include shares of some companies not within the Index. The Fund may invest in other securities (including fixed interest securities, convertible securities, and warrants) and collective investment schemes (including funds managed by Columbia Threadneedle companies), when deemed appropriate. The Fund may also hold money market instruments, deposits, cash and near cash. The Fund is not permitted to invest in derivatives for investment purposes, but derivatives may be used with the aim of reducing risk or managing the Fund more efficiently.

Other information: Many funds sold in the UK are grouped into sectors by the Investment Association (the trade body that represents UK investment managers), to facilitate comparison between funds with broadly similar characteristics (peer groups). This Fund is currently included in the IA Global sector. Performance data on funds within this sector may be used when evaluating the performance of this Fund.

Fund Manager

David Dudding
Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

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For marketing purposes. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Your capital is at risk. The value of investments and any income is not guaranteed and can go down as well as up and may be affected by exchange rate fluctuations. This means that an investor may not get back the amount invested.
The fund characteristics described above are internal guidelines (rather than limits and controls). They do not form part of the fund’s objective and policy and are subject to change without notice in the future. The analysis included in this document has been produced by Columbia Threadneedle Investments for its own investment management activities, may have been acted upon prior to publication and is made available here incidentally. Any opinions expressed are made as at the date of publication but are subject to change without notice and should not be seen as investment advice. Information obtained from external sources is believed to be reliable but its accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed.
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