Ex-MAM, RAB man Darell-Brown rides bull rally as stock-pickers fly
February 27, 2012
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Few long/short European equity funds have recovered more swiftly from losses in the painful third quarter of last year than Brown Vanneck Europe – the fundamental stock-picking strategy run by ex-Mercury Asset Management and RAB Capital equity veteran Mark Darell-Brown.
Having dropped almost 20% in August and September 2011 – with much of the 9.5% September loss coming from a single short position in a UK software company – and after experiencing a total drawdown of almost 22% from inception in December 2010 to the end of September last year, the fund has since staged a rapid rebound.
It gained almost 9% in the final quarter of 2011 – cutting the calendar-year loss to 14.5% – and has been flying since the start of this year. The fund was up 12.16% in January and has...
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