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Rathbones to merge high income into UK blue chip and growth

Rathbones is merging its high income fund into its UK blue chip and growth fund, with current manager Hugh Yarrow set to leave the firm.

The changes which are subject to FSA and unitholder approval are designed to rationalise the number of retail funds being managed by the firm.

Rathbones is also looking to merge its special situations fund into its smaller companies fund and with a revised objective, will relaunch this as a recovery fund.

Smaller companies fund manager Marina Bond, will co-manage the new recovery fund alongside Julian Chillingworth.

The firm will look to offer unitholders in both the special situations fund and smaller companies recovery fund the option of receiving units in the blue chip income and growth fund.

Yarrow joined Rathbones in September 2002, was appointed co-manager of the high income fund alongside Carl Stick and Julian Chillingworth in May 2006 and became lead manager in April last year. He also co-manages institutional income mandates with Stick, who continues to manage the firm’s income fund.

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