Frontier gains with simple strategy without the need for fancy footwork

Mon Feb 20, 2012

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Shifting from long/short to long-only absolute return in 2009, Frontier’s Kung and Phillips play to their strengths in the regional small/mid-cap market


Jeff Kung
Peter Phillips
In an industry with more than its fair share of pundits aiming to dazzle with the complexity of their strategies, it is refreshing to find a manager who is quick to emphasise that what he does is really quite simple. No fancy black box quant models, no nifty footwork with derivatives, just straightforward long-only, absolute return value investing. Yet this deceptively simple strategy has been more than sufficient to generate returns since September 2008 of 41.31% for the Frontier Asia Fund, and garnered it the small and mid-cap AsiaHedge Award 2011.

Originally launched by ex-Fidelity research director Jeff Kung in May 2006 as a long/short Asia ex-Japan fund, it was re-launched in 2008 when Peter Phillips joined his ex-colleague. Phillips was a career Fidelity man, joining the firm in 1987 and staying for 21 years, holding a diverse range of positions including head of research, fund...

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