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‘Pay more attention to losses’

Multi-managers should focus on the maximum losses suffered by funds in their portfolios to best manage risk, says Dutch multi-manager Insinger de Beaufort.

It believes multi-managers do not pay enough attention to maximum monthly or quarterly losses because they are too concerned with volatility.

Maximum loss is one of seven filters that F&C Asset Management uses as part of its fund selection analysis.

Marketing director Peter Fitzgerald says: “The managers we prefer when building multi-manager portfolios aim to limit maximum losses but most are more concerned with tracking an index. We believe the majority of investors are interested in absolute returns but our investors are willing to accept lower returns if we deliver those in a stable environment.”

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