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Greater focus on fund performance

The investment world is more focused on performance than ever due to rising standards in competition, according to round table panellists.

Credit Suisse co-head of multi-manager Gary Potter said: “Performance is a key area of focus but there is almost too much focus on it. People are now looking at how we are doing on almost a weekly basis.”

Despite this, Potter said multi-managers are better placed to outperform the market than intermediaries because of their depth of resources and ability to analyse the markets.

He said: “There is a far deeper analysis of funds available now than there was five years ago and our month-by-month analysis has far more depth.”

Jupiter director John Chatfeild-Roberts said: “Everybody is now focused on performance and standards have risen.”

Gartmore fund manager (multi-manager) Marcus Brookes said that part of the reason for the focus on performance is because the rise in the profile of multi-managers has led to competition for assets being more fierce than ever before.

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