September 10, 2010

J.P. Morgan Funds Introduces Research Equity Long/Short Fund

New fund designed as conservative way to re-enter equities market

J.P. Morgan Funds, the mutual fund arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has launched the JP Morgan Research Equity Long/Short Fund, the company announced Friday, September 10.

The Research Equity Long/Short Fund (A shares: JLSAX) seeks to give investors exposure to equity-like returns while reducing downside risk and limiting volatility. The new equities mutual fund is designed to offer a more conservative approach for investors returning to equities.

The fund is managed by senior portfolio manager Terance Chen, who has more than 16 years of investment experience at J.P. Morgan and who is also lead manager of the JP Morgan Research Market Neutral Fund (A shares: JMNAX).

"The JP Morgan Research Equity Long/Short Fund provides another option for diversification as investors adjust their current portfolio for new market realities," said George Gatch, CEO of J.P. Morgan Investment Management Americas. "This fund is a dynamic alternative to typical approaches found in pure market neutral strategies, while seeking to provide low correlation to equity and bond markets."

J.P. Morgan Funds is second in net flows for all U.S. mutual fund companies as of July 31 and is the fourth largest mutual fund firm in the United States, with $393 billion in assets under management, according to Morningstar.

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