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Small-cap manager quits firm

US small-cap manager Rob- ert Graham Brown has left Threadneedle.

Brown joined the company as a graduate trainee in 2001 and he has been managing the American smaller com- panies growth fund since early 2004. Threadneedle says it plans to recruit a replacement for Brown as soon as possible.

The firm has appointed Samuel Morley to its US team from New York hedge fund manager Karsch Capital. He joins Threadneedle as an analyst and will support the US team’s long-only and hedge portfolios, covering technology.

Lowes investment manager Melvyn Ball says: “Over the last four years, Threadneedle’s US small-cap fund has been an average performer but as far as a change in managers goes, Threadneedle tend to operate a team approach, so we would say wait and see how things go. The Schroder US smaller companies fund is one alternative.”

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