While the economic backdrop remains uncertain, UK equity investors that maintain a longer-term focus – and can withstand some volatility – could be rewarded with some exciting investment opportunities. Portfolio managers Chris Kinder and Mark Westwood will provide their insight into UK markets, how they are navigating the uncertain global macroeconomic environment and where they believe long term investment opportunities are, based on bottom up stock fundamentals.
Chris Kinder joined Threadneedle Investments as a portfolio manager in the UK equities team in 2010. His main responsibilities are the management of the Threadneedle UK Fund and Threadneedle UK Extended Alpha Fund, the co-management of the Threadneedle UK Absolute Alpha Fund and the co-management of the Threadneedle Institutional Fund and a number of institutional portfolios. He also has research responsibility for the banks, life insurance and mining sectors.
Before joining Threadneedle Chris was an assistant fund manager at RWC Partners. He has also worked at Govett Investments, gaining experience in smaller companies’ analysis. Chris is a qualified chartered accountant, having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 4 years before joining the investment management industry.
Chris holds a degree in Modern European Languages from Durham University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Mark Westwood joined Threadneedle in September 2006 as a fund manager in the UK Equities team. He manages the Threadneedle UK Select Fund and co-manages the Threadneedle UK Absolute Alpha Fund. He also has research responsibility for the telecommunications, transport and other financials sectors.
He started his fund management career in 1998 with Legg Mason before moving to Morley in 2005.
Mark graduated with a BSc (hons) in materials science from Manchester University. He also holds a PhD in materials science and is an associate member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research.