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Neptune Global Long/Short Sector fund

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JO Hambro CM Asia ex Japan

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New launch

Neptune Global Long/Short Sector fund

Neptune Investment Management launched a new unit trust, the Neptune Global Long/Short Sector fund, on 1 November. The fund is run by Robin Geffen, the group’s founder and CEO, together with Ted Alexander.

The fund utilises Neptune’s in-house research process, which breaks down the world by industry rather than by region, focusing on industries the group believes will be successful going forward.

However, unlike Neptune’s other funds, the new fund carries out no stock selection – the managers will only pick sectors.

The weight in each sector is derived from the group’s top-down view, with the managers overweighting sectors they expect to outperform and underweighting sectors they expect to underperform.

Where the view is extremely negative the managers can “short” sectors, enabling them to benefit from falling prices.

Sectors are accessed via baskets of stocks, typically large, liquid companies selected as being most representative of their industry.

However, the fund will not buy the equities directly, instead accessing them via swaps, a type of derivative. Whilst using derivatives can reduce costs, investors should also be aware that their use brings risks should their counterparties, typically investment banks, default on their obligations.

Neptune’s success is derived at least as much from sector selection as from stock selection, so this new fund seems like a good fit with their resources.

Their existing global funds have also performed strongly, though they can be volatile. However, we would prefer to see how the new fund performs in practice before considering it for a rating.

Our top rated global equity funds at present include Aberdeen World Growth & Income and CF Odey Opus, both of which have 4 star ratings.

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. Prevailing tax rates and reliefs are dependent on your individual circumstances and are subject to change.