Alex Rolfe Joins William Blair as Head of Australia and New Zealand Institutional Distribution

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William Blair has announced the appointment of Alex Rolfe as the head of Australia and New Zealand institutional distribution. Mr. Rolfe will be responsible for business development and consultant relations activities across Australia and New Zealand, and will be based in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Rolfe is a highly respected professional in the investment management and advisory […]

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William Blair funds earn ‘Superior’ ratings

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The William Blair Global Leaders Fund and the William Blair Emerging Markets Leaders Fund have both earned ‘Superior’ ratings from research house, SQM, an oustanding result for the two funds. The William Blair Global Leaders Fund, earned a 4.25 star ‘superior’ rating while the William Blair Emerging Markets Leaders Funds earned a 4 star rating. […]

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Emerging Markets misperception clouding investor sentiment

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The underperformance of emerging markets is making investors nervous, but understanding the situations that threaten emerging markets will help manage investor angst. According to William Blair portfolio manager of Emerging Markets Strategies, Todd McClone, the characteristics of emerging markets gives them reactions to global economic change which are different to other asset classes, and therefore […]

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William Blair: Recent currency headwinds lifting on emerging markets

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William Blair sees a significant investment opportunity across the global currency landscape and is beginning to increase risk positions in emerging currency exposures. Visiting Australia from London this month, William Blair partner, currency expert, and Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS) portfolio manager, Thomas Clarke, said that a number of emerging market currencies – including the Brazilian […]

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William Blair earns Lonsec rating

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The William Blair Emerging Markets Leaders Fund (the Fund) has been rated by investment services research house, Lonsec. In its Fund Review, Lonsec said the Fund’s strengths include, “the Manager’s history of managing emerging markets portfolios”, “a quality portfolio management team, motivated analyst research pool, disciplined stable investment process” and the Manager’s “track record of […]

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William Blair on the silk road rally

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Recently in Australia to promote William Blair’s Unit Trusts, launched last year, William Blair’s International and Global Equity Specialist, Romina Graiver, said the Chicago-based asset manager’s views of the China market have significantly changed over the past six months, following new leadership focused on avoiding a hard landing of the economy while switching from an […]

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William Blair highlights Tailwinds for performance in emerging markets

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Recently in Australia to promote William Blair’s Unit Trusts, launched earlier this year, William Blair’s International and Global Equity Specialist, Romina Graiver, said the Chicago-based asset manager uncovers many quality opportunities in emerging markets. “Investors know about the growth story in emerging markets however we believe in many cases they underestimate the quality aspect of […]

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William Blair opens up the world to Australia

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Australian investors will have greater global investment choices following the launch yesterday of William Blair’s first unit trusts in Australia. The Chicago-based asset manager has opened its Global Leaders Equity Fund, Emerging Market Leaders Equity Fund and its Dynamic Diversified Allocation Fund to Australian institutional and wholesale investors (via platforms). William Blair’s Global Head of […]

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Tapering: Where others see risk, William Blair sees opportunity

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Fears of stability across the globe around tapering are creating significant investment opportunities in countries like India, Thailand, the Ukraine, Venezuela and Argentina, according to William Blair’s Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS), Brian Singer. On a visit to Australia to promote William Blair’s DAS to institutional investors last week, Mr Singer said geopolitical events […]

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Eurozone and the Indian Rupee: the Places to Be in 2014

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The Eurozone, which has been the very centre of political instability, is where growth is most likely to emerge in 2014 and, in terms of currency, the Indian Rupee will be the place to be, according to Brian Singer, Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies at William Blair. On a recent visit to Australia, Mr Singer […]

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