Saturday 6 January 2018

Kames Diversified Monthly Income - New Purchase

Kames is the former asset management arm of Scottish Equitable, which was bought by Dutch giant Aegon and renamed Kames six years ago. It holds funds totalling £45bn.

Their monthly income fund was launched in February 2014 and over the past year it has provided a return for investors of 10.1% building on the 11% for 2016 and has produced an annualised return of 8.2% p.a. since launch. Lead manager is Vincent McEntegart.

The fund targets income of 5% from a diverse range of assets which include bonds and fixed interest (40%), UK & global equities (26%), property (14%) and specialist (18%). No single holding exceeds 2% of the portfolio. Some top 10 include Greencoat UK Wind, HICL Infrastructure, Tritax Big Box and Imperial Brands.

Ongoing charges are 0.6%.

Over the past 3 yrs the fund is ranked 14th from 170 funds listed in the IA Mixed Investment 20 -  60% shares sector. McEntegart has a reputation as a 'steady Eddie' manager who prefers a relatively cautious approach to generating income with a correspondingly low price volatility. This was one of the reasons for adding this fund to my income portfolio. 

Performance since launch
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As it is a fund which would attract a platform charge of 0.25% with AJ Bell, I have added it to my Halifax Share Dealing ISA which is fixed fee and therefore there will be no additional platform charges. The fund was purchased in December at the price of 110p. Distributions are made at the end of each month.

I will now include this fund in my demonstration income portfolio.

As ever, this article is merely a record of my personal investment decisions and should not be regarded as an endorsement or recommendation - always DYOR!


  1. I always enjoy it when someone like you buys a fund/share that I have researched and bought myself first! :-)

  2. Just came across the blog... This looks like an interesting fund, will be interested in seeing how it performs for you!

    1. Welcome Cam and good to see another blog on the scene - hope it goes well!

  3. Ciao John, can you post the ISIN of the fund? I went on their site and could not find it, maybe it's something that is only offered in the UK?
    Thanks and ciao,

    1. Here's a link to the factsheet Stal

  4. Hi

    I used to hold this fund and am pleased to see you buying it. I use Interactive Investor and was told that I had to sell the fund as it was not available in their platform anymore. Have you bought income or accumulation units. I think I might register for Halifax share dealing.

    All the best

    1. I have purchased the inc units...just be aware of the transaction charges with Halifax for purchase/sale!