TIME Investments, the award-winning specialist investment manager which focuses on income funds and estate planning solutions, has unveiled new branding to support its defensive investment philosophy of generating long-term predictable returns from ‘real’ assets and the next phase of its growth.


Founded in 2011, the firm has developed a range of products which seek consistent and reliable returns.  It has enjoyed year on year growth despite volatile markets and the TIME group now has over £3 billion assets under management.


The new branding, which has been developed following research amongst advisers and their clients, reflects the ‘golden hour’ – the time of day when the sun is rising and setting and there’s a sense of calm and positivity.  This reflects the mantra that TIME Investments ‘lets you rest easy’ knowing that its products are carefully considered and consciously risk adverse. The firm have won several recent awards recognising the strength of their products, most notably at the Investment Week and Growth Investor Awards.


Nigel Ashfield, managing director of TIME Investments said: “Over the past eight years, we have grown a strong and stable business and, despite volatile markets, have enjoyed net inflows and inflation beating returns every year.  The fresh branding helps set us up for future growth and development by ensuring clients understand what we can offer them.


“We are well known for investments that deliver steady and predictable returns and want the brand to better reflect our ethos of understanding our clients and prioritising their interests, so that they have peace of mind.”


Operating in the specialist areas of income funds and estate planning solutions, TIME has built a strong and experienced team with a track record of over 20 years to support advisers and their clients.   Over the past 3 months alone, it has recruited new talent to the investment team from the likes of Downing, Ingenious and Cogress. Its nationwide business development team has gone from strength to strength, having doubled in size over the last two years.


Alan Cram Head of Investments at Ellis Bates Financial Advisers said: We have worked with the team at TIME Investments for a number of years and our experience is that the service provided to our advisers has been exceptional.


In keeping with its desire to offer investors solutions that deliver a consistent income, TIME launched the TIME:Defensive Income Securities Fund, a UK infrastructure fund with lower volatility and more predictable income than traditional equity income funds.


The £34million open-ended fund targets an annual income return of at least 5% and capital growth over the long-term from a portfolio of high quality, lower volatility investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, listed real estate and selected corporate bonds of asset backed companies. Over it’s the last year, it delivered a return of 12.78%. The chart below shows the monthly performance shown against the IA All Share and Equity Income Indices.


The fund uses a quant driven investment strategy based on a sophisticated stock selection process which involves the use of various rigorous screening criteria.  Based on these filters, a balanced portfolio of income-producing securities is acquired on a “buy and hold” basis.


To be included in the portfolio, equity holdings need to have demonstrated a lower level of volatility than the market average and to have delivered consistent and predictable dividend yields.  Infrastructure and renewable energy stocks will provide inflation linked cash distributions.  Where the fund invests in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), these must have a low level of gearing.


The investment strategy seeks to remove the subjectivity of decision-making and emotional bias which can affect the investment decisions made by active managers.  The result is a fund which aims to deliver a consistent, secure income and lower volatility for investors.


TIME has also renamed several of its core funds to align them directly to their investment objectives.  The unique TIME:Commercial Freehold fund, which has around £350million AUM, has become TIME:Commercial Long Income fund, and  TIME:Social Freehold, which has around £100 million AUM, has become TIME:Social Long Income fund.  The two funds have delivered returns of 4.67% and 4.99% respectively over the past 12 months (to 31 May 2019).

Posted: 20/06/2019 Categories: News, Press

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