WS Canlife European Fund

About the Fund

The Fund aims to achieve capital growth over any five-year period, after all costs and charges have been taken. The Fund’s comparator benchmark is the Bloomberg Europe Developed Market ex-UK Large & Mid Cap Total Return Index.

Essential features of the Fund

WS Canlife European Fund

    • A focused portfolio of 75-100 holdings, predominately in large capitalisation companies. The Fund may also invest in small and midcap companies when opportunities arise
  • No specific targets in relation to market sectors
  • Invests at least 80% of its assets in the shares of companies that are incorporated or domiciled in Europe (excluding United Kingdom), including real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Can invest across different industries and market capitalisations without limitation
  • May invest up to 20% of its assets by value in debt securities (such as corporate bonds, government and public securities), money market instruments, deposits and cash
  • Investments in collective investment schemes is limited to 10% of the assets by value
    • The Fund may use derivatives for the purpose of efficient portfolio management

For further details on the objective and investment policy, visit the Literature section to view fund KIIDs and Prospectus.

How the Fund is managed

The Fund uses a blend of top-down macro views and bottom-up stock selection to identify investment ideas in which have the highest conviction, it is flexible, pragmatic and mindful of prevailing macroeconomic and market conditions, for example; employment, inflation and gross domestic product  

  • Fundamental analysis – specific holdings are determined through research that is undertaken by the Canada Life Asset Management’s equities team, including company visits and conferences.  The choice spans a variety of industries, services and geographical locations, allowing the manager to gain targeted exposure
  • Sector selection – bottom-up stock selection is a major factor in determining the shape of the overall Fund portfolio. However, sector allocations are also important in order to ensure balance and diversification. Typically, macro and market views are considered in order to balance the portfolio across factors such as growth, cyclicality and defensiveness. Additionally, the desired exposure to trends such as in bond yields and commodity prices are key considerations. This approach to portfolio construction allows us to deliver a diversified source of return from both a capital and income perspective
  • Stock selection - typically across companies of all sizes, from large well-knowns to smaller scale operations.  The stock selection process itself takes into account several factors. These include the company’s market position, quality of its brand and underlying assets, how it fits in with current market and economic trends, and the specific drivers behind earnings and dividend growth. The managers will also conduct a thorough analysis of a company’s valuation, being sure to understand its earnings forecasts and any changes to a company’s strategy or management team. 

Reasons to recommend


Diverse opportunities
Europe boasts a wide range of investment opportunities across compelling sectors where its companies are world leaders, such as technology, engineering and luxury goods

Unconstrained approach
To make the most of Europe’s potential, it is necessary to be unconstrained and have the freedom to invest anywhere in the region.  The Fund may not be appropriate for investors who plan to withdraw their money within five years

Experienced management
Mike Willans has more than 25 years’ of investment experience. He joined Canada Life Asset Management in October 1999 and was appointed Head of International Equities in March 2010. Mike heads up an experienced team that can also draw on the insights of other equity and fixed income specialists at Canada Life Asset Management. Rino joined the Canada Life Asset Management’s equities team in September 2015 and also co-manages the LF Canlife UK Equity Fund and LF Canlife UK Equity Income Fund

The value of investments may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested

Due to the underlying assets held, the price of the fund is classed as having above average to high volatility.

This page is for information only. It does not constitute a direct offer to anyone, or a solicitation by anyone, to subscribe for shares or buy units in fund(s). Subscription for shares and buying units in the fund must only be made on the basis of the latest Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) available in the Literature section


Fund Managers

Rino Shala

Fund Manager, Equities

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Sales contact

Adam Creed

Sales Director – Discretionary and Group

07825 583 930

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