FEV’s investment objective is to achieve long-term capital growth from a portfolio of listed shares in continental European companies. The portfolio manager is not restricted in terms of market cap, country or sector allocation, although a minimum of 80% of gross assets will be invested in companies from countries that are included in the benchmark index (the FTSE World Europe [ex-UK] Index). A maximum of 5% of gross assets may be invested in non-European companies that have some European exposure or connection.
Fidelity European Values (FEV) is a relatively defensively positioned trust investing primarily in continental European equities. Recent performance has been strong relative to its FTSE World Europe ex-UK index benchmark and peers, helped by its exposure to defensive technology stocks, less interest rate-sensitive banks, and energy stocks, as well as holding no automotive stocks. The portfolio remains well-balanced, but is now more concentrated in a smaller number of stocks (currently 47), as the manager has taken profits where prospects for sustained dividend growth have weakened, and few new ideas have met his investment criteria. FEV’s consistent longer-term track record and tendency to outperform in periods of market weakness may find appeal in an uncertain market environment.