April 28, 2003 — Less than a year after taking over Fidelity Fifty (FFTYX), portfolio manager J. Fergus Shiel has left Fidelity Investments.
Shiel, who succeeded John Muresianu on the fund last June, stepped down to “pursue another business opportunity,” a Fidelity spokesman said. He had no other information on the money manager.
However, today’s issue of Barron’s, which initially reported the fund manager’s departure, said Shiel is starting a hedge fund with another former Fidelity fund manager, Matt Greck.
For the one-year period ended in March, the $714 million Fidelity Fifty fund lost 14.7%, versus a loss of 25.4% for its large-cap blend fund peers. For the five years ended in March, Fifty gained an average annualized 3.1%, versus a loss of 4.8% for its peers.
Jason Weiner, who had managed the $5.6 billion Fidelity OTC (FOCPX) since 2000, replaced Shiel on Fidelity Fifty, Fidelity Advisor Fifty/A (FFYAX), and Fidelity Independence (FDFFX) fund last Tuesday.