IC Interviews: Simon Barnard of Smithson Investment Trust
As Investment Manager at Smithson Investment Trust, a growth-focused fund run by the team behind Fundsmith Equity, Simon Barnard is a key player in companies that have “already won”.
Dave Baxter and Barnard discuss various strategies that the trust has used since its inception, including bottom-up techniques and a three-step process of acquisition.
Acquisitions of strongly performing companies are central to the success of the fund, of which Smithson has acquired a wide range, including names such as Fevertree (FEVR) and Moncler (IT:MONC). Alongside well-known names, Simon highlights interesting lesser-known companies in the portfolio, including those utilising selfies and AI to boost profits.
But as well as sharing aspects of a successful acquisition, Simon reveals the warning signals that can tell you when it is time to sell a holding.
This interview was recorded on Thursday 14 September.
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