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Nine managers triumph at annual Sauren Awards

Nine managers triumph at annual Sauren Awards

Fund group Sauren handed awards to nine managers in nine different categories at its annual Sauren Golden Awards in Frankfurt on Thursday.

In the category Equities Global, Danish investor David Dalgas of CPH Capital received an award for his quant-backed Saxo Invest CHP Capital Global Equities Fund.

Sauren also awarded a prize to fund of funds favourite Nicolas Walewski of Alken Asset Management. This was in the category Equities Europa for his Alken European Opportunities Fund.

Ed Cowart of Eagle Asset Management, who is based in Miami, received an award in the category Equities USA.

His Nordea North American All Cap Fund, which he runs on mandate, returned 37.57% in one year to end of August. Its benchmark, the S&P 500 TR gained 25% over the same time.

Meanwhile, the winner in the Emerging Markets Equities sector Nick Price of Fidelity. He was recognised for his performance on the Fidelity FAST Emerging Market Fund.

Speaking to Citywire Global after the awards ceremony, Price said he had shorted a couple of emerging markets currencies over the last couple of months, but still sees a lots of opportunities in the emerging markets.

Ariel Bezalel of Jupiter Asset Management was also among the winners for his Jupiter Strategic Bond Fund in the category Bonds Global.

In his awards speech, Bezalel said the advantage of his investment approach is to be flexible to invest in sovereign bonds, corporate bonds, and high yield bonds giving him exposure to investment grade and sub-investment grade fixed income products.

Over the past five years to the end of August 2013, the fund returned 84.04% and is ranked second in the Citywire sector Bond GBP High Yield.

Warren Mar of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, who flew in from New York for the Sauren Award ceremony, received an award in the Emerging Markets Bonds sector.

Elsewhere, Ben Wallace, manager of the Henderson UK Absolute Return Funds was awarded a prize in the Absolute Return category.

David Harding of Winton Capital Management was awarded for his hedge fund Winton Futures Fund.

His on scientific research and modelling based approach has returned more than 850% between September 1997 and August 2013.

His systematic investment approach would adjust to unlikely and unpredictable events in the future, the physicist said.

In the 'Comeback' category, DeAWM’s André Köttner was recognised. Köttner joined DeAWM after a couple of months on the sidelines following his departure from Union Investment. He runs the DWS Vermögensbildungsfonds.

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