Fauchier Partners has an aggressive approach to risk-taking to keep exposures on track

Thu Feb 3, 2011


Focused portfolios coupled with high-quality reporting have helped the firm build a solid performance record over the past few years


By Claire Makin

Clark Fenton
In recent months, Fauchier Partners has been keeping a close watch on its managers for signs of faint-heartedness. The danger is that managers fail to back up confident talk of investment opportunities with actual exposures in their portfolios, Clark Fenton, chief executive officer, points out. "In today's market environment, one of the great challenges is making sure people are taking enough risk, and enough of the right kind of risk," Fenton says.

Fenton and his colleagues care about this, because they run relatively concentrated portfolios where each manager has been selected to do a particular job. If risk needs to be reduced, he and his team will change the fund mix or add to value-added 'insurance' strategies. This way, they keep a tight grip on risk exposures.

Fauchier Partners' $8 billion in assets under management is invested with only 70 or so underlying managers (including...

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