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More than one basket

A change in the offshore bond market could provide discretionary fund managers with greater flexibility and help attract a broader client base, says Claire Bennison

31 January 2014

Ensuring that investments provide enough flexibility is a core part of managing a client’s investment portfolio. For many years, discretionary fund managers (DFM) have argued the benefits of diversifying both the asset allocation as well as the underlying holdings for reaching those goals.

Within an investment portfolio, each asset class has different properties and as such they will probably react differently to changes in economic conditions. Assets that consistently react differently to each other are known as uncorrelated investments.

DFMs will seek to invest in uncorrelated investments as a means of diversification, which will also incorporate a spread of geography, such as investing in businesses or assets in parts of the world outside the UK, (assuming the client is UK resident)
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