Why the Fidelity FIRST Global Fund?
Why the Fidelity FIRST Global Fund?
Matthew Jones and Hiten Savani are the co-portfolio managers of the Fidelity FIRST Global Fund and have known each other since 2005. The Fund is an actively managed portfolio, accessing a core holding of global shares. The key to their portfolio construction process is the true belief in the deep, fundamental research of Fidelity’s analysts that is unique and unavailable outside of Fidelity. “The analysts are the DNA of Fidelity” Hiten describes. 
The Fund is designed to deliver investors strong risk-adjusted returns through bottom up stock selection. 
The philosophy 
Matt and Hiten hold their hat to having a consistent, repeatable process to deliver alpha to clients. Their philosophy starts with capturing the highest conviction stock recommendations from Fidelity’s analysts globally. They implement stock ideas by targeting stock selection as the primary risk & return driver. “Our outperformance is uncorrelated with any other factors” Hiten says. 
The process
The three step process that generally determines what stocks to include in the Fund is explained below.

Source: Fidelity International. Please note: the numbers quoted on this slide are illustrative of a global portfolio.

1. Analyst’s highest conviction buy recommendations: Globally, Fidelity's analysts cover approximately 2,500 companies of which approximately 1,200 are buy-rated.

2. Alpha identification and stock research: Buy rated stocks are assessed against 7 proprietary signals. 

Analyst signals:
i) Research ratings
ii) Ratings momentum
iii) Ratings conviction
iv) Ratings recency
External confirmatory signals: 
v) Consensus ratings
vi) Earnings revisions
vii) Valuation
These signals are all measured resulting in a Conviction List.
3. Portfolio construction & Portfolio Manager Review: The ‘Conviction List’ of approximately 150 stocks is considered the raw material for the portfolio construction process. The portfolio managers then use a Barra optimisation risk tool to maximise the expected risk adjusted return relative to the index and results in an initial portfolio of 75-85 holdings. 
The Portfolio Managers evaluate each holding in the portfolio to ensure a suitable portfolio structure and mitigate biases not consistent with the analysts' views. Risk is primarily driven by stock-specific factors. 
They review each stock to ensure:
i) Level of conviction in analyst rating
ii) Suitability of investment theses
iii) Appropriate technical conditions
iv) Meets fund’s characteristics
The stocks that fail the portfolio manager review are replaced. There is consistent daily analysis of portfolio alpha, risk structure and adherence to the Fund. 
The Fidelity FIRST Global Fund is now available to investors in Australia. 
 “I have always been attracted to intellection stimulation. I love having a difficult problem to solve and being surrounded by bright people. The role I have at Fidelity gives me just that”
Hiten Savani, Portfolio Manager, Fidelity FIRST Global Fund.
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