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Axa set for onshore talents

Axa Investment Managers is to offer an onshore version of its Luxemburg-domiciled Axa talents fund managed by Charles Firmin-Didot.

Axa has gained FSA approval to launch a UK-based version of the fund and intends to launch it in either October or November.

The talents fund has an actively managed global mandate and invests in firms run by entrepreneurs who Firmin-Didot believes will add significant long-term value. The fund currently holds around 90 stocks and aims for a near-even spread of investments across Asia, Europe and the US.

Sister firm Axa Framlington is also looking to expand its fund range with a Japanese smaller companies fund to be managed by Chisako Hardie. The fund is expected to launch in the fourth quarter.


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Scottish Life rejects price fight

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Stormy weather

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Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

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