Who are Amati Global Investors?
Amati Global Investors is a specialist fund management business based in Edinburgh. It focuses on UK small and mid-sized companies, with a universe ranging from fully listed constituents of the FTSE Mid 250 and FTSE Small Cap indices, to stocks quoted on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM"). Products include an OEIC - the TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund; two AIM Venture Capital Trusts - Amati VCT and Amati VCT 2; and an AIM IHT portfolio service.
Andrea Amati made the earliest known violin, and his grandson Nicolo Amati was the first great violin maker. Nicolo is reported to be the teacher of Antonio Stradivari, the most famous maker in the history of the instrument. In choosing this name for the business we are setting our sights high to bring world-class craftsmanship, with the thoughtfulness, skill, care and attention to detail that this brings with it, to the ever shifting and hugely demanding job of constructing robust, responsive, and brilliantly performing portfolios of investments.
Just as every great instrument is made for the player, we seek to run funds that work for and fit our investors. We manage funds to take calculated risks and we will always be straight about what these risks are. Our ambition is not to be top of the performance tables over short term periods, because this is a recipe for poor risk management. A portfolio which is resonant like a great instrument will seek to fit the movement of the times, will be made up of the best available materials, and will be built to last.
Although we focus on companies quoted in London, or based in the UK, as investors we have a global outlook. Conventional wisdom suggests that UK smaller company investments are predominantly dependent on the UK economy, but amongst the 1,500 or so smaller companies listed in London are those which have operations in almost every part of the world. We see the international outlook typical of many UK businesses as being a core strength, and seek to make a virtue of this as investors. Hence we approach investment decisions with a global mindset.