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Henderson/Janus: who are the firms' top managers?

Henderson/Janus: who are the firms' top managers?

Henderson Global Investors and Janus Capital’s merger will create a new asset management power player and result in several high-profile fund managers sharing an office with similarly distinguished sector specialists.

Many investors may be familiar with high-profile fund managers such as Bill Gross at Janus and John Bennett at Henderson, but which other noteworthy names are currently operating at the fund houses?

At present, Henderson has a total of 11 fund managers boasting a Citywire rating, while Janus Capital can attest to 18 managers who have produced ratings-worthy performances.

Leading the line for Henderson is David Smith, who is Citywire AAA rated for his performance in the UK equity sector. Smith is lead manager on the Henderson Institutional High Alpha UK Equity and Henderson Mainstream UK Equity funds.

Covering a very different area of the market is Citywire AAA-rated Mayur Saigal, who runs seven funds, across US dollar, US short-term bonds, mixed assets and inflation-linked debt. Three of his funds are Dublin-domiciled, while four are available to US investors alone.

Crossover challenge

The only sector where both groups boast rated managers is Asia Pacific equities. Citywire A-rated Yun-Young Lee of Henderson oversees the Henderson HF Japanese Smaller Companies fund, as well as the Singapore-domiciled Henderson Pacific Dragon.

Meanwhile, Hiroshi Yoh also runs two emerging market funds in addition to his two Asia Pacific funds. In the Asia Pacific equities market, Yoh runs both the Ucits-compliant and US-only versions of the Janus Asia fund.

On a head-to-head absolute return basis, Yoh’s Ucits fund outstrips the Henderson Pacific Dragon over the three years to the end of August 2016. It returned 18.6% in US dollar terms, while Lee and co-manager Andrew Gillan returned 12.4%. This is while the sector’s average manager returned 11.6%.

Best performers

Saigal and Citywire AA-rated Darrell Watters are the best managers in Janus’s stable in terms of manager ratio and sector performance. The duo currently sit as co-heads of the Bond – USD Inflation Linked sector, with the best manager ratio out of the 46 managers active in the sector on a three-year basis.

This is for the performance on the US-domiciled Janus Real Return fund, which the duo have co-run since September 2013. This was when Saigal was assigned next to Watters, who had run it since October 2012. Watters previously managed the fund with Gibson Smith, who stepped down from the firm in early 2016.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Sheridan is Henderson’s best performer on a three-year, risk-adjusted basis. Sheridan is active in the Equity – EuroZone sector and currently sits seventh out 207 equity specialists for his work on the Henderson HF Euroland fund.

Citywire A-rated Sheridan has run this fund, which was launched in 1984, since November 2011. It currently has €1.24 billion in assets under management.

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Darrell Watters
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1/44 in Mixed Assets - Balanced USD (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 38.93%
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3/44 in Mixed Assets - Balanced USD (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 38.93%
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43/164 in Equity - UK (All Companies) (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 28.70%
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18/18 in Equity - Japanese Small & Medium Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 31.15%
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104/195 in Equity - Europe (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 27.67%
Andrew Gillan
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49/145 in Equity - Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 55.53%
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