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Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund


01/05/2001 00:00:00Rathbone Brothers PlcRathbone Brothers PlcEquity funds
  • High conviction stockpicking fund
  • Truly flexible in terms of company size, geographies and company type
  • Undiscovered, under the radar and out of favour growth companies
  • Identification of strong global themes, early.

Why invest

  • Flexible approach puts us in the best position to make the most of investment opportunities
  • A head start - investing in the success stories of tomorrow, today!.

Notes on downloads

  • Our compliance with the UK stewardship code is written in this pdf.
  • The details on our fund charges and fees can be found in 'our charges explained'. These have been designed for you to use with your clients.
  • Our industry trade body in the UK, The Investment Association (IA), offers additional guidance on the charges and costs of investing. Please visit the IA website.

How to invest

Visit our ‘how to invest’ pages to find out your various options for buying the fund. This includes information about your contacts within Rathbones and a list of our fund partners.

Q3 Investment update; 'No room for complacency'

7th October 2016 in Market commentary

Financial and political chaos were widely predicted if the UK voted for ‘Brexit’, yet all is calm. While we remain unconcerned about the risk of a meaningful economic contraction in the short term, there are several risks to the UK and global economi...

Q2 2016 - City financial global equity review

21st November 2016 in Investment updates

The Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund is currently on the ‘recommended’ or rated funds panel at the Adviser Centre. City Financial analysts, Peter Toogood and Gill Hutchison bring their research to life. In their latest second quarter review of 20...

Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund

29th August 2017 in Webcasts

Take this opportunity to join James Thomson, fund manager of the Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund on Tuesday 12 September at 11am for our live webcast. James will discuss the key drivers of outperformance in 2017, the risks of a slowing economy...

Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund

6th September 2018 in Webcasts

James Thomson, manager of the Rathbone Global Opportunities fund will discuss the drivers of top quartile performance in 2018 including the zero exposure to EM, declining UK and overweight US, tech and defensive growth. He will also address the vuln...

  • 1How do I obtain a managers report?
    The managers report and a host of other fund information is available at this website, and you can contact us for further information on the following number: Information Line: 020 7399 0399 or email:
  • 2Where can I find the latest Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) for the fund?
    This can be found in the latest managers report and fund factsheet which is available at this website, and you can contact us for further information on the following number: Information Line: 020 7399 0399 or email:
  • 3In which daily national newspapers can I find the fund prices and income yield?

    These can be found in The Financial Times.  It should be noted that we only publish R class prices, and not I class.

    We decided to remove the prices of our funds from the Daily Telegraph newspaper from the 1st July 2014. This decision has been taken as we endeavour to contain and reduce costs on the funds and takes into account that prices are now available on various websites including our own and in other durable media and also by calling our administration office. We are also mindful of the current relevance of the prices we put in the paper – these will not necessarily reflect the price your client will get by dealing through you.

  • 4How is the fund manager remunerated?

    We now organise remuneration on the basis that we need to align our interests with those of our clients. They key to this is ensuring the business and the investment managers have a stake in the future success of the company. For the front office this means ensuring that they are delivering excellent performance over time, with clear accountability. As a result, the remuneration for front office is aligned with that of the client.  The majority of bonuses are calculated on 1-3 years performance, with an emphasis on 3 rolling years.  Two-thirds of bonuses are deferred and a minimum of 50% are be re-invested in the unit trusts. This ensures that the company does not take undue risk to with investors money and that there is a focus on the strength of our investment proposition.

    We would be more than happy to discuss the detail of the remuneration scheme with you, so that you can understand the drivers behind its construct.


  • 5How is stock/sector/country/currency risk controlled and monitored?
    The fund is monitored daily with accountability to the CIO and the RUTM Board of Directors.  The trades executed by the manager are scrutinised on a weekly basis during a formal investment meeting.  The compliance department monitors the funds overall exposure to an individual security as a percentage of issued share capital and that each scheme complies with its investment powers.
  • 6What is the dealing cut-off time for investments and redemptions? What are standard settlement terms?
    The dealing cut-off is 12:00 (midday). The contract note is despatched within 24 hours and settled in ‘T+4’ working days.
  • 7What dealing processes are available?
    Deals can be actioned are by telephone, fax, in writing or by EMX. ISA applications should be made by post using an ISA application form.
  • 8What is the frequency of reporting?
    We produce monthly factsheets, monthly commentaries and 6-monthly fund manager (fund accounting) reports – all of which are available on this website. We also send portfolio valuations, to both you and your clients, every six months dated 31 December and 30 June.
  • 9On what fund platforms can the fund be bought?
    The fund is available for investment on all major and the majority of smaller platforms. For a sample list, please visit the ‘our fund partners’ page on this website.
  • 10Who is the manager of the fund and when was he/she appointed to the lead role for this fund?
    James Thomson was appointed as lead manager in July 2005.  He has worked on the fund since launch in May 2001.
  • 11What are the income distribution dates for the fund?
    The fund does not distribute income.
  • 12Who will manage the fund in the absence of the lead manager?
    Julian Chillingworth, Chief Investment Officer
  • 13What additional responsibilities does the lead manager have?
    James Thomson manages a global equity mandate for Stone & Co, a Canadian mutual fund company and is a Board Director of Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited.
  • 14Are there any mandate-specific primary or secondary performance benchmarks?
    We do not operate formal benchmarks but we do compare the performance of the fund informally against the peer group (IA Global Sector) and the FTSE World index (£).  Portfolio construction is not influenced by index weightings.
  • 15What restrictions apply to the fund at stock and sector level?
    There are no rigid limits in country, sector and size weightings, although these are monitored on a regular basis.  No one position represents more than 4% of the total portfolio.   We adhere to the ‘5/10/40 rule’ when it comes to concentration risk (so no more than 10% of portfolio assets may be invested in a single issuer; and the value of all securities in which we invest over 5% cannot exceed 40% of the portfolio's total value).
  • 16Where can I find the yield for the fund?

    The month-end yield can be found on our monthly factsheets – available on this website or by calling our Information Line on 020 7399 0399 or emailing Daily yields are shown in the prices section of The Financial Times.


  • 17Can the fund form part of an ISA and/or a SIPP?
    Yes (available for retail unitholders only).
  • 18What is the minimum investment size?

    The investment limits vary for retail and institutional investors.

    R Class: The minimum lump sum investment is £1000.00 (£500 for additional investments).

    From 31 December 2012 we ceased to offer a regular savings plan (including ISAs). We will continue to accept payments to savings plans that have been opened prior to this date; however, we are not able to accept any increases in monthly subscriptions.

    View the ISA information for further details on subscription limits for the current tax year. 

    I Class: The minimum lump sum investment is £1000.00 (£500 for additional investments). .

    A regular monthly savings plan is not available

  • 19What charges apply for this fund?

    The charges differ for retail and institutional investors. For more information please see the [“Charges”] section of the fund’s key investor information document (KIID).

  • 20How do I make a complaint?

    Unitholders (or shareholders) who have any queries or complaints about the operation of the fund should address them to the Compliance Officer, Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited, 8 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7AZ. Any complaint we receive will be handled in accordance with our internal complaint procedures. A copy of these is available from the Compliance Officer. In the unlikely event that you do not receive a satisfactory response after contacting ourselves you may direct your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service at Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR. Further details about the Financial Ombudsman Service are available on their website at