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Odey Asset Management has blasted a bid for trading platform Plus500, the second largest holding on James Hanbury's CF Odey Absolute Return fund, calling the move "opportunistic".
Sales of absolute return and short-term money market funds jumped in April, according to the Investment Association, as investors adopted a more cautious approach.
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The UK retail version of Standard Life Investments' flagship Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) fund has reached £25bn in assets for the first time.
The manager of the top fund in the Investment Association Targeted Absolute Return sector in 2014 is short resources companies and long annuity providers as his conviction positions this quarter.
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Schroders has re-opened Paul Marriage's Absolute UK Dynamic fund and is to shift the portfolio to weekly dealing as a result of "declining liquidity" within the UK equity market, Investment Week can reveal.
Standard Life Investments' GARS team have outlined their key themes and strategies as the £20bn fund positions for the year ahead.
Swiss fund group Syz Asset Management is bringing its institutional absolute return strategy to UK investors through its Oyster Absolute Return fund range.
Morningstar has launched a range of four real return portfolios as it further expands its discretionary management service.
Old Mutual Global Investors' Global Equity Absolute Return (GEAR) strategy is nearing its maximum "comfortable" size, according to co-manager Ian Heslop.
Schroders UK small-cap manager Paul Marriage has said the company is considering reopening his Absolute UK Dynamic fund after assets fell to a more manageable level.
Kames Capital has expanded its absolute return range with the launch of two new mandates for David Griffiths and David Pringle.
Schroders is planning to change the investment remit of its UK Absolute Target fund to a pan-European mandate following the departure of co-manager Julie Dean, Investment Week understands.
Jupiter's James Clunie has been cutting back on a short position in Hargreaves Lansdown ahead of the firm's full year results tomorrow, as he begins to find "many, many ideas" for other companies to bet against.
Tom Yeowart has joined Troy Asset Management to run the Troy Spectrum fund, working under chief executive Sebastian Lyon and fund manager Francis Brooke.
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BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched the BNY Mellon Absolute Insight fund, a UCITS product for European investors which mirrors the £692m Absolute Insight fund.
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Canada Life Investments is going head to head with absolute return giants by launching a new targeted volatility strategic fund, Investment Week can reveal.
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Aviva Investors has appointed Ian Pizer from Standard Life Investments' GARS team as senior asset manager on its multi-asset team, led by Peter Fitzgerald.
BNY Mellon has moved to soft-close two of its popular absolute return vehicles - including an Insight product - after inflows soared in recent months.