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Aston launches ASTON/Fairpointe Focused Equity Fund


Aston Asset Management has launched the ASTON/Fairpointe Focused Equity Fund. The Fund opened to investors on 24 December, 2014.

Aston will act as the investment adviser to the Fund while Chicago-based Fairpointe Capital LLC (Fairpointe) will act as subadviser, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. The firm is also the subadviser to the ASTON/Fairpointe Mid Cap Fund (CHTTX/ABMIX).

"We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Fairpointe," says Stuart D Bilton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aston. "We are delighted to have opened the ASTON/Fairpointe Focused Equity Fund, which is managed by lead portfolio manager Robert Burnstine."

The ASTON/Fairpointe Focused Equity Fund seeks long-term total return through capital appreciation, employing a fundamental, bottom-up, valuation-based approach to investing.

The Fund is managed by Robert S Burnstine, lead portfolio manager; Thyra E Zerhusen will act as co-portfolio manager. Burnstine is a co-founder of Fairpointe Capital and serves as President of the firm. He has over twenty years of investment experience and is the lead portfolio manager of Fairpointe's focused equity strategy. Zerhusen is the principal founder of Fairpointe Capital, and is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the firm. She also serves as lead portfolio manager for the mid-cap strategy.

"Our focused equity strategy is characterised by a long-term investment horizon, a high-conviction concentrated portfolio, a focus on purchasing securities at a significant discount to fair value, and a willingness to hold positions through volatile markets," says Burnstine. "We are pleased to be offering our strategy to Aston's investors through the new Fund."

"Fairpointe has a well-established, favourable association with Aston," says Zerhusen. "We are very happy to be expanding our relationship through the ASTON/Fairpointe Focused Equity Fund."

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