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Ruffer Investment Company

Ruffer Investment Company

Seeking to preserve capital, come what may

Ruffer Investment Company has a simple aim – consistent positive returns, regardless of how the financial markets perform.

We try not to lose money in any 12 month period, and to grow the value of our investors’ wealth over the long haul.

If we can do this, we should outpace inflation, protecting and increasing the real value of our investors’ income and capital.

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Holdings and allocation
Key documents
How to invest
Contact us

 

At a glance

Share price as at 13 August 2018

234.5p

NAV as at 10 August 2018

231.43

Latest monthly report

Select from the options below to view historic reports

What to expect?

We focus on the absolute risk of losing money, not the relative risk of underperforming the stock market.

Consider a year when the market falls by 25%. A fund manager focused on relative returns could lose 20% of their investors’ money and still claim to have done well by ‘outperforming’ the index.

At Ruffer, we take on the responsibility for managing risk, and for the returns we deliver. If we ever lost 20% of our investors’ money, we would have failed.

While our track record is strong, it should definitely not be seen as evidence the Company is immune to shocks or unexpected events. During the next market panic, our protective investments may not protect us.

Our investment approach is conservative, tried and tested and sometimes can seem a bit dull. We don’t apologise for that.

For example, we never own shares just because they are currently popular. What’s more, when markets are rising strongly, investing with Ruffer can be like riding a tractor on the motorway, plodding in the slow lane. It’s only when the motorway sinks into boggy marshland that a tractor proves to be a wise way to travel. 

Read more about how we do it.

Who’s who?

Ruffer Investment Company follows the core Ruffer philosophy and strategy. These are unchanged since the firm started in 1994.

The investment strategy and asset allocation are set by Henry Maxey (Chief Investment Officer), Jonathan Ruffer (Chairman) and Jon Dye (Head of Research), with input from senior portfolio managers and our in–house researchers.

The Company’s investment portfolio is managed by Hamish Baillie, Duncan MacInness and Steve Russell – all three are Investment Directors at Ruffer. 

The Company also has an independent Board of Directors, chaired by Ashe Windham. The Board is responsible for overall stewardship and for ensuring the Company is well governed.

Fund managers

Investment review

Each quarter we publish an investment review written by Jonathan Ruffer.

This sets our current thinking and (more often than not) the risks and opportunities we see over the horizon.

Read the latest investment review

Holdings and allocations

Ruffer Investment Company holds an actively managed portfolio of different asset classes, including equities, bonds and currencies.

Asset allocation as at 31 Jul 2018

 %
Non–UK index–linked14
Long dated index–linked12
Cash9
Gold and gold equities7
Index–linked gilts6
Protective illiquid strategies5
Short–dated bonds2
Options1
Japan equities16
North America equities12
UK equities11
Asia ex–Japan equities3
Europe equities2

Currency allocation as at 31 Jul 2018

 %
Sterling70
US dollar15
Yen6
Gold6
Other3

Top 10 equity holdings as at 31 Jul 2018

Stock%
T&D Holdings 2.3
Walt Disney2.1
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group2.0
Vivendi SA1.8
Tesco1.7
Mitsubishi UFJ Finance1.6
Resona Holdings1.5
Mizuho Financial 1.5
Ocado Group 1.4
Japan Post Holdings1.1

Documents and announcements

You can view the latest announcements here.

For more on the strategy and performance of the Company, read the Chairman’s review in the latest annual report.

HOW TO INVEST

The Company is a convenient and effective way of investing with Ruffer.

Its shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange, so you can place an order with any stockbroker, or ask a professional adviser to buy shares on your behalf.

The shares are available to buy on the following platforms, among others.

  • AJ BellAJ Bell
  • AscentricAscentric
  • Alliance TrustAlliance Trust
  • FusionFusion
  • Hargreaves LansdownHargreaves Lansdown
  • James HayJames Hay
  • NoviaNovia
  • NucleusNucleus
  • Raymond JamesRaymond James
  • SevenSeven
  • TransactTransact

If you would like to know more about the Ruffer Investment Company please contact

Alexander Bruce
abruce@ruffer.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7963 8104

Ruffer Investment Company Limited was launched in July 2004 and is a member of the Association of Investment Companies.

Ruffer Investment Company Limited is managed by Ruffer AIFM Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Ruffer AIFM Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ruffer LLP.

 

Jonathan Ruffer

Chairman

Hamish Baillie

Investment Director

Joined Ruffer in 2002. He founded and manages the Edinburgh office of Ruffer LLP which opened in September 2009 and is a director of Ruffer (Channel Islands) Limited. He manages investment portfolios for individuals, trusts, charities and pension funds and is the lead manager of the Ruffer Investment Company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Steve Russell

Investment Director

Graduated from Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and started work as an equity analyst at Confederation Life in 1987, where he became Head of Equities in charge of £5 billion of equity funds. In 1999 he moved to HSBC Investment Bank as Head of UK and European Equity Strategy, before joining Ruffer in 2003. He became a non–executive director of JPMorgan Fleming Continental Investment Trust in 2005 and is co–manager of the LF Ruffer Total Return Fund and the Ruffer Investment Company.

Duncan MacInnes

Investment Director

Joined Ruffer in 2012. He graduated from Glasgow University School of Law in 2007 and spent four years working at Barclays Wealth and Barclays Capital in Glasgow, London and Singapore. Duncan is a CFA charterholder. He is co–manager of Ruffer Investment Company.

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