JPMorgan Global Growth & Income (JPGI, formerly JPMorgan Overseas IT) aims to achieve capital growth from world stock markets, by holding a diversified portfolio of investments in which the portfolio manager has a high degree of conviction. Following a change in its distribution policy in July 2016, it also aims to pay a dividend equivalent to at least 4% of NAV at the preceding year-end, announced at the start of the year to give visibility of income.
JPMorgan Global Growth & Income (JPGI) is managed by Jeroen Huysinga, using J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s (JPMAM’s) global focus investment process. He aims to generate long-term capital growth from a portfolio of 50-90 equities that is diversified by geography and sector. The manager notes that stock market leadership has been narrow, led by growth and momentum stocks, which has been detrimental to JPGI’s investment performance in recent months (although the trust continues to outperform most of its peers in the AIC Global Equity Income sector). Huysinga is ‘sticking to his knitting’, buying undervalued stocks, as over the long term, cheaper companies have generated superior share price annual returns. The trust’s higher dividend policy, initiated in July 2016, appears to have found favour with investors, as JPGI’s discount has closed and its shares now regularly trade close to NAV.