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Fund Manager Interviews

The Interview – Aleks Kins, AlphaMetrix: “Investors have grown wiser and realise they can no longer blindly invest in hedge funds”

The Interview – Aleks Kins, AlphaMetrix: “Investors have grown wiser and realise they can no longer blindly invest in hedge funds”

Fri, 26/03/2010 - 06:00

Aleks Kins, chief executive of managed account platform provider AlphaMetrix, says the uncovering of the Bernard Madoff was a key event for the business, because the scandal pointed to the importance of independence, due diligence and checks and balances, and helped AlphaMetrix to take on some USD1bn in customer assets over the following months. »

The Interview: Rupert Foster, Matrix Alternative Asset Management: “This is no time for extreme portfolio risk – we are in the mid-cycle doldrums”

The Interview: Rupert Foster, Matrix Alternative Asset Management: “This is no time for extreme portfolio risk – we are in the mid-cycle doldrums”

Tue, 23/03/2010 - 06:00

Rupert Foster (pictured), manager of the Matrix Asia Fund, believes that this year will see the start of global tightening, in the short term causing markets to become nervous and jittery but subsequently opening up opportunities first in interest rate-sensitive and then cyclical areas of the market. »

The Interview - José Luis Jiménez, March Gestión de Fondos: “We will probably end the crisis in better shape”

The Interview - José Luis Jiménez, March Gestión de Fondos: “We will probably end the crisis in better shape”

Fri, 19/03/2010 - 06:00

José Luis Jiménez, chief executive of March Gestión de Fondos, the investment arm of Spain’s Banca March, says that a combination of macroeconomic analysis and analysis of financial markets, together with the valuation of companies, is the most critical process for the success of the Spanish firm’s investments. »

The Interview – Richard Bibb, AIMhedge: “Big institutional investors need to shift away from fixed income to generate a return for their clients

The Interview – Richard Bibb, AIMhedge: “Big institutional investors need to shift away from fixed income to generate a return for their clients

Mon, 15/03/2010 - 06:00

AIMhedge chief investment officer Richard Bibb says the firm’s combination of a systematic, emotion-free trading approach over a large, well-diversified basket of futures markets and an effective active risk management system is a very powerful argument for investors just starting to look for better-performing investments in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008. »

The Interview – Ilya Golubovich and Irakli Menabde, I2BF: “Technologies once considered uneconomic have emerged from obscurity to become one of the fastest-growing global industries”

The Interview – Ilya Golubovich and Irakli Menabde, I2BF: “Technologies once considered uneconomic have emerged from obscurity to become one of the fastest-growing global industries”

Thu, 11/03/2010 - 06:00

Ilya Golubovich (pictured), managing partner of specialist clean technology fund manager I2BF and Irakli Menabde, manager of the I2BF-Arbat Technology Fund, say the fund is unique in its field by employing a relative value strategy with a fully systematic investment process based on the notion of consistent outperformance. »

The Interview – Susan Buckley, QIC: “The ability to explain investment strategies clearly and regularly is crucial”

The Interview – Susan Buckley, QIC: “The ability to explain investment strategies clearly and regularly is crucial”

Mon, 08/03/2010 - 07:00

QIC Global Fixed Interest, part of the investment business originally set up by Australia’s Queensland state government to manage its long-term liabilities and pension obligations, saw its assets under management grow from around USD23bn to USD35bn between mid-2007 and the end of last year. According to managing director Susan Buckley, the key competitive advantage of the business is the strength and quality of its investment research and process. »

The Interview – Liz Evans, Cavendish Asset Management: “The growth stories for China and South-East Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia remain compelling”

The Interview – Liz Evans, Cavendish Asset Management: “The growth stories for China and South-East Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia remain compelling”

Fri, 05/02/2010 - 06:00

Liz Evans, manager of the recently-launched Asia Pacific fund at investment boutique Cavendish Asset Management, says 2010 will be a generally positive year for Asian markets as they continue to recover from last year’s historic trough, with less volatile markets and more moderate returns, but uncertainty remains over prospects for inflation and interest rate rises, especially in China. »

The Interview – Ittai Korin, Portfolio Science: “Managers need risk tools to face things they never had to deal with in their entire career”

The Interview – Ittai Korin, Portfolio Science: “Managers need risk tools to face things they never had to deal with in their entire career”

Sun, 17/01/2010 - 23:18

Portfolio Science president Ittai Korin (pictured) says the firm’s provision of risk management services through an application programming interface is bringing risk tools to a broader range of investment industry players than ever, at a time when managers are realising that a seat-of-the pants approach to risk management and reporting is no longer adequate for their business needs or acceptable to their own clients. »

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