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Marlborough Defensive A Acc

Ranked 53 out of 54 in - Absolute Return GBP over 36 months
All calculations are in GBP unless stated

Managed by

Nicholas Cooling

Nicholas Cooling was born in Liverpool in 1964 and was educated at Monmouth School. After graduating from Portsmouth University in 1985 with a BA (Hons) degree in geography, Nicholas joined Lloyds Life Assurance Limited in Peterborough. In 1991 Nicholas joined, as a fund manager, the asset management company which later became Marlborough Investment Management Limited. He was responsible for a total re-organisation of its investment processes, the positive results of which formed the platform for significant expansion of the business. He was appointed investment director of Marlborough Fund Managers Limited during 1998. On a day-to-day basis Nicholas, together with colleagues Gurjit Soggi and Raj Manon, is responsible for the management of Marlborough’s three risk graded Fund of Funds products. He is the front line manager for the Marlborough Balanced Fund.

Rajesh Manon

Rajesh Manon graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA (Hons) in Financial Services and joined Marlborough's funds of funds team in 2003. His enthusiasm and drive enabled him to be fast-tracked to a fund management role within a year. Rajesh is a CFA level 3 candidate.

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Gurjit Soggi

Gurjit Soggi was born in Derby in 1973. He attended the University of the West of England, achieving a BA (Hons) in Financial Services. Whilst at university he developed a keen interest in the philosophy, process and general methodology of fund management. Gurjit joined Marlborough during 1996. He worked within the investment team from day one, initially analysing unit trusts and OEICs, and working closely with the investment director Nicholas Cooling. His pragmatic and research driven investment style has given him performance to be proud of, especially in his Cautious Fund which launched him into the media spotlight.


The investment objective of the Fund is to provide capital growth on a low to medium risk basis from an actively managed diverse portfolio including units/shares in regulated and unregulated collective investment schemes and transferable securities on a global basis. The Fund will target a positive absolute return on a 12 month rolling basis.

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Absolute Return GBP over : 30/04/2016 - 30/04/2019

Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 31/03/2019 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2019 1.9%
2018 -2.7% -0.3% -0.2% 0.0% -2.3%
2017 0.4% 0.2% -0.1% 0.3% 0.0%
2016 -2.0% 0.6% -4.7% 1.4% 0.9%
2015 -2.9% -3.0% -1.1% 0.2% 1.1%
2014 5.1% 1.5% 0.5% 1.8% 1.2%
2013 -0.4% 3.3% -2.0% -2.4% 0.9%
2012 6.6% 2.3% -0.7% 2.9% 1.8%
2011 2.4% 1.9% 1.3% -1.0% 0.3%
2010 7.7% 2.9% 0.9% 3.2% 0.5%
2009 6.0% 1.6%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Asset Allocation



Top 10 Holdings

Stock Size
BMO Real Estate Equity Market Neutral C Acc GBP 10.37%
Aberdeen Sterling Money Market I Acc 9.48%
Marlborough High Yield Fixed Interest P Inc 9.38%
Royal London Shrt Dur Glo Hi Yield Bd M Inc 8.05%
Royal London Short Duration Credit Z Inc 8.02%
M&G Global Floating Rate High Yield GBP E-H Inc 6.69%
GAM Star Credit Opportunities (GBP) Inst GBP Acc 6.15%
iShares Ultrashort Bond UCITS ETF GBP (Dist) 5.41%
PIMCO ShTrm HY C Bd Idx Src UCITS ETF GBP Hgd Inc 5.11%
EEA Life Settlement Fund 4.32%

Registered For Sale In

  1. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date01/06/2009
  • Share Class size03Mn
  • Base currencyGBX
  • ISIN GB00B4XB6J82

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment100,000
  • Min. regular additional investment0


  • Annual management1.50%
  • Initial investment5.25%

Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in the currency and currencies indicated).