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Gartmore sinks teeth into global stocks

Gartmore&#39s global focus fund is a unit trust that aims to give adventurous clients something to get their teeth into.

The fund sets itself apart from other global funds in that it does not attempt to achieve a geographical balance, Instead, it invests in 30 stocks that the fund manager thinks will provide the best opportunities for capital growth, wherever they happen to be situated.

In-depth research and the fund managers expertise will be heavily relied on during the stockpicking process, particularly as the portfolio will always consist of 30 stocks. This puts the fund manager under more pressure to pick the best stocks, whereas managers of conventional global funds have a bit more leeway in this respect because they are dealing with more stocks.

The global focus fund offers a degree of excitement for investors who have become bored with conventional global investing but who do not want to commit their investment to specific regions or sectors. As a higher risk fund, it would be suitable for experienced investors who already have an extensive portfolio.

According to Standard & Poor&#39s the Gartmore global growth fund is ranked 54 out of 125 funds based on £1,000 invested on a bid to bid basis with net income reinvested over three years to January 15, 2001.


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