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BGF European Focus A2 EUR

Ranked 80 out of 101 in - Europe over 12 months
All calculations are in USD unless stated

Managed by

Nigel Bolton

Nigel Bolton, FCSI, managing director, is chief investment officer (CIO) of fundamental active equities and head of the European equity team within BlackRock's Active Equity business. Bolton manages Blackrock's key pan-European equity strategies as well as leading the firm's investment processes and business development across the Fundamental Active Equity group. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2008, Bolton held a number of senior positions in asset management including Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Citigroup Global Asset Management, where he was head of European equities. With over 30 years' experience in investment management, he is widely regarded as an expert in equity fund management and has won numerous prestigious industry awards such as Morningstar's European Fund Manager of the Year. He regularly appears on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Bolton earned a BA degree, with honours, in economics from the University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter is a Vice President and research analyst in BlackRock’s European Equity team within the Fundamental Equity division of the Alpha Strategies Group. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, Hunter spent three and a half years at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, which he joined as a graduate trainee. Hunter spent his first year covering European markets before moving to cover US equities. Most recently, Hunter had specific research responsibility for analysing US financial companies. Hunter earned an MA in economics, politics and philosophy from the University of St. Oxford in 2006.


The Fund seeks to maximise total return. It invests at least 70% of its total assets in a concentrated portfolio of equity securities of companies domiciled in, or exercising the predominant part of their economic activity in, Europe.

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Europe over : 31/10/2016 - 31/10/2017

Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 29/09/2017 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2017 5.5% 7.4% 6.4%
2016 -9.3% -3.8% -5.9% 2.7% -2.5%
2015 1.1% 3.9% 3.3% -7.8% 2.1%
2014 -8.1% 4.3% -2.4% -8.7% -1.1%
2013 27.2% 2.4% 0.7% 13.7% 8.4%
2012 22.6% 13.1% -7.8% 8.8% 8.0%
2011 -13.2% 4.5% 3.4% -22.5% 3.7%
2010 13.7% -0.5% -14.6% 24.6% 7.5%
2009 48.9% -12.0% 32.5% 26.5% 1.0%
2008 -45.0% -11.1% 0.8% -22.6% -20.7%
2007 20.5% 2.7% 12.6% 3.6% 0.7%
2006 41.7% 11.8% 4.1% 6.4% 14.6%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Asset Allocation



Top 10 Holdings

Stock Size
British American Tobacco PLC ORD 4.52
Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA ORD 3.73
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA ORD 3.70
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC ORD 3.41
Shire PLC ORD 3.34
ING Groep NV ORD 3.30
Vinci SA ORD 3.29
Danske Bank A/S ORD 3.22
Merck KGaA ORD 3.02

Registered For Sale In

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Chile
  4. Denmark
  5. Finland
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Gibraltar
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Ireland
  13. Italy
  14. Jersey
  15. Korea
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Mauritius
  19. Netherlands
  20. Norway
  21. Poland
  22. Portugal
  23. Singapore
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland
  27. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date14/10/2005
  • Share Class size329Mn
  • Base currencyEUR
  • ISIN LU0229084990

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment0
  • Min. regular additional investment0


  • Annual management1.75%
  • Initial investment5

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