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Blackfriars Asset Management launches Developing Markets Focus Fund


Blackfriars Asset Management has launched the Developing Markets Focus Fund.

Blackfriars’ chief executive Tom Waring, says: “Clients tell us they want a high conviction, focused and benchmark agnostic portfolio, not one deployed across a large number of stocks often driven by positioning relative to a benchmark. Given the growing awareness of frontier markets they want us to find opportunities in both emerging and frontier markets. This Fund brings our favourite stock picks across both areas into one portfolio.”
Tony Hann, manager of the Blackfriars Developing Markets Focus Fund, says: “Our long term experience in investing in emerging and frontier markets means we are well placed to offer a concentrated developing markets portfolio of between 30 and 40 stocks. As a stock picker and firm believer in active management, I welcome the industry shake-up that ETFs have brought about. This fund is our answer to the question of how best to invest in developing markets.”
Co-manager Anastasia Levashova, adds: “Numerous studies have shown the majority of portfolio alpha is generated by a relatively small number of stocks within a portfolio. This Fund will include only the  best opportunities we identify by using the same bottom-up fundamental analysis that has contributed to the solid track record of the BNY Mellon Compass GEM and Eastern Europe Diversified funds.”

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