Boston Partners, part of investment company Robeco Group, has launched the Robeco Boston Partners Global Long/Short Fund (BGLSX).
The new fund has a similar investment process to the Robeco Boston Partners Long/Short Research Fund (BPIRX/BPRRX) with a wider global opportunity set.
Managed by Jay Feeney and Christopher Hart, who manages the Boston Partners Global and International Equity funds (BPGIX and BPQIX), the Global Long/Short Fund will have least 40 per cent invested in undervalued international stocks.
Josh Jones, an associate portfolio manager, is also a co-manager of the fund.
The US stock version, the Robeco Boston Partners Long/Short Research Fund, has grown to over USD3bn in assets under management since its launch in 2010. The fund was started as an internal fund for the firm’s employees in 2002. Since being offered to the public in October 2010, it has been sold primarily through financial advisors on various platforms.
“Initially, we started the Long/Short Research Fund internally as a vehicle for our research analysts to implement their best ideas, both long and short,” says Feeney.
“When we saw the strategy’s potential, we decided to introduce it to the public in 2010 as a ‘40 Act fund. It was a natural extension to create a global version this year in response to client interest in a truly global long-short portfolio and the significant investment capability that we have developed in international markets. Designed to protect capital in falling markets, the Long/Short Research Fund’s popularity has exceeded our expectations. We’ve benefited from the movement embraced by advisors and individual investors toward finding reliable, transparent and high performing ‘liquid alternatives’ to hedge part of their portfolios.”