Fidelity Worldwide Investment and Danish-based Jyske Invest scooped the top prizes at the Lipper Fund Awards 2012, taking the accolades for best overall large and small groups respectively.
Fidelity also took home the prize for best large bond group, while Old Mutual Asset Managers was awarded best small bond group. In terms of equities, First State won large equity group of the year, while Dundee Wealth was awarded the accolade of best small equity group.
In the final two group awards, Investec Asset Management won best mixed assets large, and Wise Investments took the mixed assets small category.
Ed Moisson, head of UK research at Lipper, says: “It’s always interesting when the awards highlight some smaller players and not just the household names. While the winners are those that have delivered the best risk-adjusted and consistent returns for their investors, some of the less well known names are also ones to watch in the future.
“A special mention should also go to First State, who has now won a group award for the fourth year in a row.” (article continues below)
In terms of individual fund awards, of which 35 were handed out, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (Swip) triumphed in the most categories, winning three. Swip UK Flexible Strategy won in the Absolute Return £ sector, Swip European Corporate Bond (Bond Euro Corporates) and Scottish Widows Dynamic Solution (Mixed Asset £ Balanced).
Other notable wins saw the Unicorn UK Income fund, managed by John McClure, pick up the award for best Equity UK Income fund, and Richard Penny’s L&G UK Alpha Trust triumphing in the UK Equity peer group.