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Deutsche hedges its bets

Deutsche Bank has introduced a fund of hedge funds that is available as an individual savings account (Isa).

Xavex hedgefirst is aimed at high net worth clients looking for capital growth who want to invest in something other than corporate bonds and stocks and shares. It will invest in an index of between 15 and 50 hedge funds that cover a low, medium and high risk profiles.

Equity hedge is the most popular style and has the lowest risk. This is when the fund manager identifies undervalued stocks to buy and sells stocks that he or she predicts will go down in value. The fund manager&#39s decision making and timing is crucial.

Xavex hedgefirst will also use other strategies including event driven strategies. This is where a fund manager looks for investment opportunities in events like bankruptcy and company takeovers. Another more aggressive and higher risk strategy is global macro, which invests in commodities based on an assessment of economic policies around the world.

In other parts of Europe, hedge funds are considered an alternative to corporate bonds but many UK investors feel that they are too high risk and this could put them off.

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