Side-by-side funds manage around conflicts


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Sometimes trades that seem ordinary can prompt Paul Wick, a managing director at money manager J. W. Seligman, to drop what he's doing and fire off a memo to the firm's compliance department. Wick wrote one such memo this spring after emptying Seligman Tech Spectrum, the hedge fund he manages, of its Oracle holdings while he only sold half of the Oracle position at Seligman Communication & Information, a mutual fund he also runs.

The trades were