Frost Investment Incorporates Hedge Fund Advantages into New Mutual Fund

Jan 21 2011 | 10:18am ET

Texas-based Frost Investment Advisors has launched a mutual fund incorporating hedge fund and private equity strategies.

Frost says its Diversified Strategies Fund, under lead manager David Telling, will seek to appreciate in an up market and outperform a down market to preserve assets. The prospectus calls for the fund allocation to include 60% investment in traditional investment assets, including stocks, bonds, cash and listed options. The hedge replication module will comprise 30% to 40% of the portfolio, using hedge beta strategies and hedge fund replication of indices, supported by publicly available products.

“The Frost Diversified Strategies Fund is one of the first mutual funds to give individual investors access to a vehicle that acts similarly to a hedge or private equity fund,” said Tom Stringfellow, president of Frost Investment Advisors. “The fund will incorporate many aspects of our Optimum asset allocation strategies along with investments in alternative assets, which should help reduce the downside risk of large market drawdowns, while providing potential upside opportunities. The fund will complement our other offerings.”

Stringfellow will co-manage the fund as will Brad Thompson and Jeffery Elswick.

Frost Investment Advisors began offering mutual funds in April of 2008, initially to serve the needs of institutional clients, and expanding to offer retail shares in June 2008. With the addition of the Frost Diversified Strategies Fund, the first fund created by the advisor since 2008, the firm now provides investment advisory services to 14 mutual funds that include institutional and retail shares on approximately 200 platforms as of December 31, 2010.

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