Ratio weathers severe stress test for smaller hedge fund boutiques
Thu Mar 24, 2011
Like many small boutiques, Ratio Asset Management suffered disproportionately in the industry downturn. But inflows are returning, the firm is expanding and the five-year performance track record is very solid
As a demonstration of just how pronounced and protracted the
industry downturn has been for even some of the more
established hedge fund boutiques over the past two or three
years, long/short European equity firm Ratio Asset Management
offers a pretty good case in point.
Founded by former Gartmore European smaller companies head
Jonathan Sharpe and ex-Cazenove partner and top-ranked
small-caps broker Ralph Jainz in February 2006, Ratio has just
celebrated its fifth anniversary and has just about done
exactly what it set out to do five years ago - despite having
lived through the most violent equity market cycle
Its flagship Ratio European Fund - which focuses on small
and mid-cap equities - has delivered solid and largely
uncorrelated five-year performance during a wild period for
European equities, and for smaller-company stocks in
Last year it delivered a net return of 12.73% on...
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