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Baring fund targets Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe

Baring has launched its third long/short equity hedge fund, the EMEA absolute return fund, investing in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It will be available to high net worth individuals from 1st November aiming to deliver returns in excess of 20 per cent a year with 15 per cent volatility, to be managed by Marina Akopian. The fund is Barings third long/short equity fund following Chinese and Japanese fund launches.

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