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Mark Hawtin has been running the GAM Star Technology fund since its launch in February 2011. He is a technology specialist backed by his own team, and though based in London he travels to the west coast of the USA where much of the industry is located as part of his research process. Research is primarily bottom-up, though he also identifies long-term growth themes in the industry and tries to select companies that will benefit from them.

Hawtin invests in companies of all sizes, though typically favours smaller, faster growing companies, recently buying into Twitter at its IPO. He generally tries to avoid the larger, more mature names in the industry - he currently does not hold IBM, Microsoft or Cisco. However, he is pragmatic enough to hold them when he considers their valuations attractive enough - Apple and Google are currently top 10 holdings.

The fund is relatively expensive, with an annual management charge of 1% as well as a performance fee. However, Hawtin’s record over his three years on the fund is outstanding - he also performed strongly when running a technology hedge fund at Marshall Wace between 1999 and 2007. The fund has been awarded a three star rating and will feature in our Premier Selection.

The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested. This article does not constitute personal advice. If you are in doubt as to the suitability of an investment please contact one of our advisers.

Smaller companies shares can be more volatile and less liquid than larger company shares, so smaller companies funds can carry more risk.

Different funds carry varying levels of risk depending on the geographical region and industry sector in which they invest. You should make yourself aware of these specific risks prior to investing.

This article is not a personal recommendation or advice to invest.