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Credit Strategies Still Attract Interest

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NEW YORK (–Judging by a recent capital introduction meeting in London, credit and emerging markets strategies retain sufficient attraction that investors want to hear from managers of such funds despite difficult conditions in the markets.

Among the nine managers who presented to investors at this event, three have credit-related strategies, according to Jane Halsey, the organizer. Another participant was a global macro fund with a focus on emerging markets and currency. Other presenters included equity volatility arbitrage and multi-strategy U.S. equity managers and a commodity trading adviser.

There is continuing interest in global emerging markets, despite recent turbulence, said Ms. Halsey. Everyone in the group received good attention from investors, she said.

She has been organizing the meetings, known as roundtable forums, for several years. Most events where managers meet investors are set up by prime brokers, but these are independent.

Another roundtable forum is scheduled for New York late this month, for which some 165 investors have signed up. People are on the lookout for managers that are under the radar, Ms. Halsey said.

The forums largely reflect the interests and concerns of institutional investors. An investor committee picks presenters for each event.

Application is open to all managers regardless of prime brokerage affiliation but the chosen managers have to pay for speaking.

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