The Fund aims to provide an attractive total return, irrespective of broader economic and financial market conditions, by investing in companies operating within the international insurance sector.
The portfolio is managed as a pool of underwriting capital on behalf of the Fund’s shareholders. The Fund seeks to identify 30-35 underwriting specialists that when combined offer a level of diversification that is important in investing in this sector. The Fund Manager flexes the portfolio composition to particular classes of business as premium rates, terms and conditions, and loss activity change. The Fund Manager seeks to identify and allocate capital to the best in class proven companies, where underwriting is absolutely key. This naturally leads the Fund Manager to invest in companies which have more focused underwriting strategies and where management have a meaningful ownership stake and are incentivised on growing book value per share and dividends over time. We believe this is the ultimate driver of share price performance over the long term.
The team do all their own analysis and research with great importance placed on meeting management. Insurance is a promise to pay and therefore an assessment of management integrity is a key part of the investment process.
- Managed by industry professionals
- Low correlation to broader equity markets
- 20+ year track record (since launch)
- Typically own 30‑35 holdings with low turnover
- No benchmark or tracking error constraints
- Fundamentally-driven analysis and stock selection
FE Crown Fund Ratings do not constitute investment advice offered by FE and should not be used as the sole basis for making any investment decision. All rights reserved.
Fund Managers & Analysts
Nick joined Polar Capital in September 2010 and is fund manager of the Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund (previously the Hiscox Insurance Portfolio Fund).
Nick has worked closely with Alec Foster since 2001 when he joined Hiscox plc. He participated in the management buyout of Hiscox Investment Management in 2007 when the business was renamed HIM Capital Ltd. He has developed a broad knowledge of the insurance sector during this time and from working for the chartered accountants, Mazars Neville Russell, where he specialised in audit and consultancy work for insurance companies and brokers.
- BSc (1st Class Hons) in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Chartered Accountant. Member of the ICAEW
- 20 years
Alec has been a partner of Polar Capital LLP since September 2010 and is adviser to the Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund which is managed by Nick Martin. Alec and Nick have worked together on the Fund for 15 years.
Alec joined Hiscox plc in 1976 where he was the Group Investment Officer until 2005. He was Managing Director of Hiscox Investment Management Ltd prior to the management buyout in 2007 when the business was renamed HIM Capital Ltd. Alec launched the Hiscox Insurance Portfolio Fund (now the Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund) in 1998.
- 51 years
Dominic joined Polar Capital in October 2012 and is an investment analyst working with Alec Foster and Nick Martin on the Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund.
Dominic previously worked as part of KPMG’s insurance segment which he joined as a graduate trainee. At KPMG, Dominic obtained broad experience working on a range of global insurance companies through roles within M&A and IPO due diligence, audit and markets. Prior to KPMG he worked for a year in corporate finance focusing on natural resource companies.
- BA (1st Class Hons) in History, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Chartered Accountant. Member of the ICAEW
- 10 years
John joined Polar Capital in September 2010 and is fund manager of the Polar Capital Asian Opportunities Fund, Polar Capital Financial Opportunities Fund and co-manager of the Polar Capital Global Financials Trust Plc.
Previously, John worked for HSBC as a banker based in Hong Kong and was the head of Asian research at Fox-Pitt, Kelton. In 2003 he joined Hiscox Investment Management which later became HIM Capital. John has won Lipper awards in the equity sector banks and other financials sector in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the performance of the Polar Capital Asian Opportunities Fund.
- BSc in Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science MBA, London Business School
- 30 years
Nick joined Polar Capital in September 2010 following the acquisition of HIM Capital, and is manager of the Polar Capital Income Opportunities Fund and co-manager of the Polar Capital Global Financials Trust Plc.
Prior to joining HIM Capital, Nick worked at New Star Asset Management. While there he managed the New Star Financial Opportunities Fund, a high-income financials fund investing in the equity and fixed-income securities of European financials companies, which outperformed its benchmark index in all six years that Nick managed it. Previously, Nick worked at Exeter Asset Management and Capel-Cure Myers. At Exeter Asset Management, Nick managed the Exeter Capital Growth Fund from 1997 to 2003 which over this period was in the top decile of the IMA UK All Companies Sector.
- MSc in Finance, London Business School Diploma, CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment), London
- 24 years
George joined Polar Capital in September 2010 and works closely with John Yakas on the Polar Capital Financial Opportunities Fund and the Polar Capital Asian Opportunities Fund.
He has over 10 years’ experience analysing Europe, Asia and emerging markets. Prior to joining Polar Capital, he was an analyst at HIM Capital from 2008 where he completed his IMC.
- MA (Merit) in International Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London
- IMC. Advanced Certificate in Equity & Fixed Income Investment
- 11 years
Nabeel joined the Polar Capital Financials team as an analyst in August 2013 working closely with John Yakas and Nick Brind, focusing on the US, Latin America & Australia.
Prior to this, Nabeel worked as an operations executive at Polar Capital. Nabeel began his career in August 2008 with Habib Bank, where he worked within a variety of functions.
- BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences MSc in Money and Banking, University of Exeter
- Passed CFA Level III
- 7 years
Jack joined the Polar Capital Financials team as an analyst in October 2017 working closely with Nick Brind on the Income Opportunities Fund.
Prior to this, he worked at DBRS Ratings, covering the Swiss market as a lead analyst, as well as UK, Dutch, Japanese and Australian banks. Before DBRS, Jack worked in the Markets Division of the Bank of England for four years, assessing financial institutions with a view to determining access to the Bank's Sterling Monetary Framework (SMF) facilities, and internal counterparty trading limits.
- BA, Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, Oxford University MA, Islamic Politics, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London
- 9 years
Cumulative Performance (%)
|GBP Class R Acc||-6.09||-7.03||1.01||1.01||43.79||82.71||217.85||517.33||9.44|
Discrete Annual Performance (%)
Top 10 Positions (%)
|Marsh & McLennan||7.8|
|Fairfax Financial Holdings||3.9|
Market Capitalisation Exposure (%)
|Large Cap (>US$5bn)||86.2|
|Mid Cap (US$1 - 5bn)||11.6|
|Small Cap (<US$1bn)||2.2|
|Life and Health||6.4|
How insurance is dealing with today’s investment themes
Nick Martin gives his views on topics ranging from whether technology is a threat or an opportunity for the insurance sector in a world where insurers were arguably the first data companies; whether or not the M&A trend seen last year will continue; and how insurance companies are dealing with the catastrophic weather fronts that seem to becoming more commonplace.
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