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Three big ideas

interactive investor talks to Nick Train. Interview by Lee Wild

In the first interview of a three-part series, our head of equity strategy Lee Wild talks to star fund manager Nick Train about 20 years of Lindsell Train, succession planning, Neil Woodford and Nick’s three big strategic ideas.

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Fund IA sector? Ranking change since previous month
Fundsmith Equity? Global No change
Baillie Gifford American? North America? Up three places?
Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity? Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares? Down one place?
Baillie Gifford Global Discovery? Global? Up six places?
L&G Global Technolohy Index Technology & Telecommunications Up two places?
Polar Capital Global Technology? Technology & Telecommunications Up three places?
Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity? Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares? Down three places?
Lindsell Train Global Equity? Global? Down five places?
Baillie Gifford Positive Change?? Global New entry?
Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity? Global? Down four places?
Rank Fund IA sector? Ranking change since previous month
1 Fundsmith Equity? Global No change
2 Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares? No change?
3 Lindsell Train Global Equity? Global? Up three places?
4 Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares? No change?
5 Ballie Gifford American North America? New entry?
6 Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity Global? Down three places?
7 L&G Global Technology Index? Technology & Telecommunications New entry?
8 Vanguard US Equity Index? North America? New entry?
9 Polar Capital Global Technology Technology & Telecommunications New entry?
10 Baillie Gifford Global Discovery Global? New entry?

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