Gartmore Sees Inflows Following Rambourg Reinstatement

Jul 7 2010 | 10:53am ET

After losing more than £1 billion as jittery investors yanked their money following the suspension of star manager Guillaume Rambourg in March, Gartmore Group said that investors are sticking by the firm—and some have even begun to return.

Rambourg’s former funds have suffered no net outflows over the past six weeks. One, a UCITS III-compliant fund, has even begun to see money come in.

“We did see outflows for a couple of weeks after Guillaume Rambourg’s suspension… but we are now seeing inflows,” Paul Graham, head of global alternatives at Gartmore, told Reuters. “Flows [into  the AlphaGen Capella hedge fund] are flat. It is not Rambourg-related, it is just a factor of market conditions.”

Rambourg has since been reinstated and is working as an analyst. But the manager—who was found to have improperly directed trades to brokers—cannot begin managing money again until the U.K. Financial Services Authority signs off on it, and the regulator is currently pursuing its own probe of Rambourg’s actions.

As if Rambourg-related investor unhappiness wasn’t enough, Graham acknowledged that “the hedge fund landscape is very, very challenging.”

“May was incredibly challenging,” he said. “It almost felt like the dark days of 2008 again.”

In response, Gartmore’s funds have slashed their exposure to the markets and are focusing more attention on short-term opportunities.


In Depth

Q&A: Sancus Capital And The Disruption Of The CLO Market

Oct 5 2017 | 6:28pm ET

Traditional collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds in the U.S. market can offer...

Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered...

Guest Contributor

Finding Success as Alternatives Converge

Oct 9 2017 | 4:00pm ET

Rising interest among institutional investors over the past several years has led...

 

From the current issue of