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Liontrust looks to GEMs

Liontrust chief executive John Ions has targeted an Asian or global emerging markets fund as the first addition to its restructured range.

Ions says the firm is intent on adding one or two mainstream offerings to the range before the end of 2011 following its restructure and that those areas are headed for mass growth.

He says: “Those areas are where the fund flows are likely to be. The business is in the position we want it to be in so large-scale markets such as Asia, emerging markets and fund of funds are sensible additions to the range.”

Ions refuses to rule out adding another global equity team despite axing its previous global equities team in July 2010, having only appointed them from GAM the previous year.

He says: “Global is a very competitive area and our team was more European value managers from GAM, which I felt was not suitable for the global market.”

Skerritt Consultants head of investments Andy Merricks says: “It makes sense to be looking at Asia and emerging markets when you have a strong offering in the core UK and European markets and want to diversify.”

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