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POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER

Since Stephanie Butcher took the helm of Invesco European Equity Income, the politics of the region have been in turmoil. But the trials seem to have abated and she is now reaping the rewards of a shrewd value approach

Fund manager profile

Far from the fast-paced life of the City, up a quiet country road, is the office of Invesco Perpetual, ensconced in its own village-like office complex.

It’s a world away from the conventional financial services image of a busy, aggressive trading floor, and one that suits European equities expert Stephanie Butcher down to the ground.

It is amid the tranquility of Henley-on-Thames that I meet with Butcher, but it’s clear that being away from the hub of the capital doesn’t have any weight on how exciting she finds the industry.

“I didn’t want a job where I ever felt I knew what the next day was going to bring, and fund management is emphatically not that,” she says.

Being a fund manager responsible for monitoring the goings on in a bloc as wide-ranging and changeable as Europe was never going to be boring. European equities has been one of the biggest stories of 2017.

In June this year, the sector saw its largest monthly inflow since September 2015, according to the Investment Association. But while some investors have only just caught on to the potential in Europe, Butcher has been optimistic about the continent’s prospects for much longer.

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