Graeme joins from PineBridge Investments, where he ran a number of equity strategies – including the group’s strongly-performing Global Focus Equity Fund. A former Royal Air Force pilot, Bencke has also held roles at Killik & Co and F&C Asset Management – where he ran the European small-cap equity portfolio.
Launched in May 2009, the LF Livingbridge UK Micro Cap Fund has delivered a return of 132.50% over a 5 year period to 31 August 2018, against 85.58% for the IA UK Smaller Companies sector.¹ Launched at the end of June 2017, the LF Livingbridge UK Multi Cap is ranked 1 out of 87 funds in the IA UK Equity Income sector over the last 12 months, according to Financial Express, delivering a return of 16.24% year to 31st August 2018 versus 4.07% average sector performance.²
Please note reference to past performance should not be viewed as a reliable indicator of how the investments will perform in the future.
Graeme comments: “Livingbridge has proven itself to be a leader in UK smaller company investing and it is great to join such a highly-regarded team. The team’s focus on deep fundamental research is aligned with my philosophy on investing and I look forward to working alongside Ken and Brendan on the Livingbridge strategies.
Ken Wotton adds: “We are pleased to welcome Graeme to the Livingbridge team. He is an experienced manager who has built up a tremendous track record over many years. Graeme has proven to have the qualities necessary to unearth attractive opportunities from the specialist small-cap space and will be a great addition to our team.”
¹ Source: Data from FE based on the returns of the A Acc share class, 5 year return to 31 August 2018
² Source: Data from FE based on the returns of the C Acc share class, 1 year return to 31 August 2018
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