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7IM seeds Pacific fund

Paris-based asset manager Tobam has set up a Pacific equity fund for investment opportunities outside the dominant sectors and countries in the region.

The anti-benchmark Pacific excluding Japan equity fund has been set up with seed funding of £12m from Seven Investment Management and will aim to outperform the MSCI Pacific excluding Japan equity cap-weighted benchmark by 4 to 6 per cent on an annual basis.

The fund is not available direct to the retail market but can be accessed through 7IM model portfolios.

7IM marketing director Justin Urquhart Stewart says: “The anti-benchmark concept seeks to maximise diversification when weighting stocks in a fund and so reduces volatility to capture the equity risk premium.”



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