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Cazenove diversifies with Occam fund

Cazenove’s multi-manager team has added the Occam global emerging markets fund to its diversity fund because it favours hedge fund managers that can quickly reduce risk in their portfolios.

The Occam fund is a long-biased emerging markets hedge fund that focuses on equities and related securities in regions such as Asia, Latin America, central Europe and the Middle East.

Hedge funds, along with corporate and high-yield bonds, have been used to take cyclical risk. Share prices of cyclical stocks tend to fall in value when the economy shows signs of a slowdown and rise when the economy is recovering.

Cazenove has a cautious view on the economic recovery, so credit markets, which have less downside risk, and hedge funds that can take risk off the table quickly, enable the firm to be defensive while maintaining diversity.



FSA fee plan will isolate ordinary people

I note that the issue of commission v fees is becoming increasingly important and my own experience with Keydata’s administration illustrates a very important point.

BlueCrest hires portfolio manager

BlueCrest Capital Management has appointed Steve Smith as a portfolio manager on its $2.3 billion (£1.4 billion) AllBlue fund.Smith will also take on overall responsibility for global sales and client service teams, and will sit on the group’s executive committee. He joins from Credit Suisse where most recently he led the global liquid alternatives team […]

Yield fears for income funds

Newton higher-income fund manager Tinekke Frikkee has warned investors that yields offered by UK equity income funds could plummet by the end of this year.

The magic numbers

Derren Brown’s recent dalliance with the lottery reminded me how numbers can confuse and mystify even the sharpest individual.


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