Murray International Trust PLC

A high conviction global portfolio built with the potential to grow capital and deliver a strong and rising income

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An update from our investment manager, Bruce Stout - 26 January 2021

Whilst the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company’s October 2020 announcement of a Covid-19 vaccine heralded dramatic positive change in global market sentiment, the reality of recovery from the ongoing pandemic both this year and beyond comes with many caveats. Clinical issues aside, the scale of post-pandemic cyclical rebound is unlikely to be uniform in nature across the globe. Some of the key issues facing financial markets include the US Federal Reserve’s policy response, the direction of the US Dollar, the potential for inflation to rise as growth recovers and which nations have the greatest potential for positive cyclical momentum surprises.

It’s reasonable to assume recently elected Democratic US President Biden will honour campaigning promises and intensify fiscal spending in response to weak economic growth in the United States. Depending on its magnitude and duration, incurring increased debt issuance to facilitate such spending could prompt a weakening of the US Dollar, as historically has been the case. Against this backdrop, the relative attractiveness of an increasingly competitive Asia becomes even more compelling. With medium to long term constraints on growth having been tightened by enormous pandemic related costs throughout the G7 world, less indebted countries within Asia and Emerging Markets, where more orthodox fiscal and monetary policies prevail, arguably remain best placed for positive cyclical recovery surprises. With considerably lower personal debt levels and higher household savings, high levels of pent-up demand throughout these regions auger well for recovery in consumption once social mobility returns to normal. It is towards companies exposed to such trends that the portfolio remains invested.

Key people

Bruce Stout

Bruce Stout

Senior Investment Manager

Education and Experience

Bruce Stout is a senior investment manager on the Global equities team. Bruce joined Aberdeen in 1987 via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone. Bruce has held a number of roles including investment manager on the emerging markets team.
Bruce graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Strathclyde and completed a graduate training course with General Electric Company UK.

Martin Connaghan

Martin Connaghan

Investment Director

Education and Experience

Martin is an Investment Director on the Global Equity Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Martin began his career at Murray Johnstone in 1998 and joined ASI via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone in 2001. Martin has held a number of roles including Trader, Credit Analyst and ESG Analyst, however he has been focused on the management of global equity portfolios for the last fifteen years.

Samantha Fitzpatrick

Samantha Fitzpatrick

Investment Director

Education and experience

Samantha is an Investment Director on the Global Equity Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Samantha joined ASI in 2001 via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone where she was a Performance and Risk Analyst. Samantha has been involved in the management of global equity portfolios for the last fifteen years. She has a BSC (Hons) degree in Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde and is a CFA Charter holder.

  • Bruce Stout

    Senior Investment Manager

    Education and Experience

    Bruce Stout is a senior investment manager on the Global equities team. Bruce joined Aberdeen in 1987 via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone. Bruce has held a number of roles including investment manager on the emerging markets team.
    Bruce graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Strathclyde and completed a graduate training course with General Electric Company UK.

  • Martin Connaghan

    Investment Director

    Education and Experience

    Martin is an Investment Director on the Global Equity Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Martin began his career at Murray Johnstone in 1998 and joined ASI via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone in 2001. Martin has held a number of roles including Trader, Credit Analyst and ESG Analyst, however he has been focused on the management of global equity portfolios for the last fifteen years.

  • Samantha Fitzpatrick

    Investment Director

    Education and experience

    Samantha is an Investment Director on the Global Equity Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Samantha joined ASI in 2001 via the acquisition of Murray Johnstone where she was a Performance and Risk Analyst. Samantha has been involved in the management of global equity portfolios for the last fifteen years. She has a BSC (Hons) degree in Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde and is a CFA Charter holder.

kevin carter

Dr Kevin Carter

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Education and Experience

He was previously Managing Director and Head of EMEA Pension Advisory Group at JP Morgan Securities. Prior to that Dr Carter was Head of the European Investment Consulting Practice at Watson Wyatt and formerly CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers in both the UK and the US. He is a trustee director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and chairman of its investment committee and performs the same roles for the BBC Pension Scheme. He is also a director of JPMorgan American Investment Trust PLC, Aspect Capital Limited and Newton Investment Management Limited.

Claire Binyon

Claire Binyon

Independent Non-Executive Director

Education and Experience

She is a chartered accountant who, following an early career in the City, held senior corporate development and strategic planning roles with global multinational businesses including inBev, Cadbury, DS Smith and Fenner (a Michelin group company).

Marcia Campbell

Marcia Campbell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Education and Experience

She was operations director at Ignis Asset Management having previously been group operations director and CEO Asia Pacific at Standard Life until 2010. She is a director of CNP Assurances in France, Charles Stanley Group PLC, Canada Life Group and Canada Life International and is a member of the independent governance committee for Aviva UK and ROI.

David Hardie

David Hardie

Senior Independent Director

Education and Experience

He is a corporate lawyer by background and was formerly a partner of UK law firm, Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna), where he was a partner for over 30 years and where he previously held various positions including head of corporate, managing partner and chairman. David is also a non-executive chairman of W N Lindsay Limited.

Ali Mackesy

Alexandra Mackesy

Independent Non-Executive Director

Education and Experience

She is a former investment equity research analyst by background having spent the majority of her executive career in Asia. She is a non executive director of JPMorgan Chinese Investment Trust plc and The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and a former director of The Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc, RENN Universal Growth Investment Trust Plc, Schroder Asian Total Return Investment Co Plc and Empiric Student Property Plc.

Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser

Independent Non Executive Director

He has had a distinguished career in asset management at Fidelity International Ltd. having retired in 2008 as President, Investment Solutions Group, Fidelity Retirement Institute and having held other senior roles including president of Fidelity's European and Institutional business and Global Chief Investment Officer. Simon has recently retired as chairman of F&C Investment Trust PLC and brings a wealth of investment trust experience and deep knowledge of global markets. Simon has sat on a number of other listed company boards in the past including Barclays plc and Ashmore plc. He is currently Chairman of McInroy and Wood Ltd., the Investor Forum and the independent research boutique TS Lombard. He is also on the board of Fidelity Funds SICAV, Treasurer of the Kings Fund and a trustee of the Abbotsford Trust.

  • Dr Kevin Carter

    Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education and Experience

    He was previously Managing Director and Head of EMEA Pension Advisory Group at JP Morgan Securities. Prior to that Dr Carter was Head of the European Investment Consulting Practice at Watson Wyatt and formerly CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers in both the UK and the US. He is a trustee director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and chairman of its investment committee and performs the same roles for the BBC Pension Scheme. He is also a director of JPMorgan American Investment Trust PLC, Aspect Capital Limited and Newton Investment Management Limited.

  • Claire Binyon

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education and Experience

    She is a chartered accountant who, following an early career in the City, held senior corporate development and strategic planning roles with global multinational businesses including inBev, Cadbury, DS Smith and Fenner (a Michelin group company).

  • Marcia Campbell

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education and Experience

    She was operations director at Ignis Asset Management having previously been group operations director and CEO Asia Pacific at Standard Life until 2010. She is a director of CNP Assurances in France, Charles Stanley Group PLC, Canada Life Group and Canada Life International and is a member of the independent governance committee for Aviva UK and ROI.

  • David Hardie

    Senior Independent Director

    Education and Experience

    He is a corporate lawyer by background and was formerly a partner of UK law firm, Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna), where he was a partner for over 30 years and where he previously held various positions including head of corporate, managing partner and chairman. David is also a non-executive chairman of W N Lindsay Limited.

  • Alexandra Mackesy

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Education and Experience

    She is a former investment equity research analyst by background having spent the majority of her executive career in Asia. She is a non executive director of JPMorgan Chinese Investment Trust plc and The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and a former director of The Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc, RENN Universal Growth Investment Trust Plc, Schroder Asian Total Return Investment Co Plc and Empiric Student Property Plc.

  • Simon Fraser

    Independent Non Executive Director

    He has had a distinguished career in asset management at Fidelity International Ltd. having retired in 2008 as President, Investment Solutions Group, Fidelity Retirement Institute and having held other senior roles including president of Fidelity's European and Institutional business and Global Chief Investment Officer. Simon has recently retired as chairman of F&C Investment Trust PLC and brings a wealth of investment trust experience and deep knowledge of global markets. Simon has sat on a number of other listed company boards in the past including Barclays plc and Ashmore plc. He is currently Chairman of McInroy and Wood Ltd., the Investor Forum and the independent research boutique TS Lombard. He is also on the board of Fidelity Funds SICAV, Treasurer of the Kings Fund and a trustee of the Abbotsford Trust.

Financial calendar

Year End 31 December
Accounts published March
Annual General Meeting April
Dividend Paid February, May, August, November

Trust details

Murray International Trust PLC

Registered Office:
1 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2LL

Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number SC006705

Launch Date: December 1907
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