Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) Global has claimed the fund manager of the year award from one of the investment industry’s leading publications – for the third year in a row.

The prestigious UK based publication Investment Week named Kokkie Kooyman Best Fund Manager (category: financials) at a ceremony in London earlier this month. 

SIM also won the Best Specialist Fund award for the Sanlam Global Financial Fund. 

Kooyman, global fund manager at SIM Global, said: “We are thrilled to have been acknowledged by Investment Week for a third year for this top international honour, especially taking into consideration the extremely difficult market conditions of the past five years. 

“Our fund’s performance has been delivered by a talented and dedicated team and therefore recognition for this commitment is a significant achievement for the whole team.” 

The Investment Week fund manager of the year awards aim to highlight funds which have consistently outperformed over a three year period and those which judges believe are likely to continue this performance in the future. 

Kooyman was the only South African finalist in the category at the Investment Week awards. He has managed the Global Financial Fund for 12 years and during that period it has achieved a compound annual return of 14% in USD terms for investors, compared to benchmark returns of 1%. 

“SIM Global’s success is based on a solid understanding of the fundamentals of value investing. Our philosophy has been honed and adapted by 25 years of experience, a system that consistently identifies the best investment opportunities and results in continuous outperformance over the long term,” said Kooyman.