The shortlists for the awards are constructed using scores provided by the AIC, using Morningstar data.
Investment companies need a three-year track record to 30 June 2020 to be included in the main award categories but may be shortlisted in the Best New Issue category (covering the 24-month period to 30 June 2020).
Within each sector, companies have their cumulative fair NAV returns calculated over three discrete periods in sterling terms. Returns over the 12 months to 30 June 2020 are given a 40% weighting, the 12 months to 30 June 2019 are given a 30% weighting, while the 12 months to 30 June 2017 accounts for 20% of the overall score. The final 10% weight is given to the full cumulative NAV return over the three years to 30 June 2020.
These scores are added to give a single score out of 100, the highest of which will be shortlisted for consideration within the various awards sectors.
Shortlisted trusts and their boards will be contacted by Investment Week and asked to submit a questionnaire, which will then be used in the qualitative judging stage.
The judging panel for the awards includes some of the UK’s leading researchers and investors in investment companies, as well as several senior board members with many years’ experience in the industry.
Rising Star of the Year Award
This is an individual award which will be open to nominees with a maximum of six years’ experience in the investment company industry. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues.
Judges will consider professional progression and performance but will also take into account factors including: passion for the sector; excellence in their role; improvements to existing processes or products; engagement in industry-wide initiatives; and helping promote the investment company sector more widely.
To make a nomination, contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information: name of nominee; company name; job role; number of years in the industry; and a short statement of no more than 200 words explaining why they should win this award this year.
Jackie Beard Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
Nominated by the judging panel, this award will be presented in tribute to Jackie to an individual who has gone above and beyond their job role to make a significant contribution to the investment company sector during their career. The judges will consider areas including: a track record of exceptional performance or service to the industry; dedication and enthusiasm for promoting the investment company sector and increasing investor engagement; as well as creating opportunities for others to succeed in the industry through mentoring, volunteering or educational initiatives.