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‘Absolute beginners must prove their credentials’

BlackRock managing director Alex Hoctor-Duncan is warning of potential “roadkill” in the absolute return sector due to the number of funds coming to market.

Hoctor-Duncan says investors and advisers must be cautious when selecting funds and need to understand that there are various ways of achieving absolute returns.

He says: “I think advisers have to take a longer look at the likes of Sharpe ratios and information ratios as there are so many different products in the space, ranging from total return to 130/30 strategies. Take Libor-plus funds, for example. They cannot beat Libor without taking a level of risk.”

Hoctor-Duncan says many funds still have to prove that they can perform in differing market conditions.

He says: “We have to see how these funds operate over the long term in differing markets – something our BlackRock UK absolute alpha fund has done. That is why so many have started to invest in it as it has delivered in differing conditions.”


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