It says Asian markets are likely to show a positive return for the rest of this year, with the growth environment remaining solid and concerns subsiding over rising interest rates and inflationary pressures.But it says the volatility in Asian markets makes investing less straightforward and a fund of hedge funds appealing to investors. Head of alternative investment Tom Maier says this type of investment brings down the volatility of the market sharply. He also says a hedge Fof can exploit the pricing anomalies and inefficiencies common in Asian markets using techniques such as long/short equ- ity and event-driven volatility and arbitrage strategies using a range of bond and equity instruments. Maier says BAM has for a long time had a strategic tilt towards higher growth rates available in the emerging markets of Asia and away from developed Western markets. The Baring Asia Hedge Select fund aims to capture the upside in rising markets but also preserve capital if markets fall, reducing the volatility of investing in Asia. Maier says: “Volatility and rapid change of market leadership in Asia means market timing is a key investment decision, which not many can get right. We believe an alternative investment approach offers advantages for investors who recognise the opportunities but are concerned by the volatility of Asian markets.”
Skandia has posted 19 per cent growth in sales in the first six months of this year with a business total of 301m. This brings its assets under management to a new high of 23bn. The company achieved 43 per cent growth last year.
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Last week, I looked at the 10-year anniversary charge on relevant property held in discretionary trusts and this week it is the turn of the proportionate or exit charge.
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