William Blair

Hedge Funds

Funds gain from high volatility

Systematic trading that encouraged high volatility over the past week has benefited stock pickers, according to John Pearce, chief investment officer of UniSuper. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index fell by 3.56 per cent on August 24, one of its largest ever one day falls creating stock picking opportunities for funds. Pearce said the falls […]
Hedge Funds

Weighting to global small caps causes split opinion

The thesis that institutional investors should take a higher weighting to global small caps split opinion among a panel of investors at the Fiduciary Investors’ Symposium. Andy Flynn, co-portfolio manager of global small caps at William Blair, told delegates there has been a sharp increase in the investable small cap universe over the past decade […]
Investment Strategy

William Blair’s positive outlook

American fund manager William Blair has named its top-three investment themes for 2013, nominating attractive valuations in China, the US domestic housing market and the stabilisation of the European financial sector as the stories to watch. Executives from the Chicago-based firm, which has a 70-plus-year history in investment markets, were in Australia in February to […]
Investment Strategy

Castlereagh and Son

Just when the play money was starting to run low, Castlereagh has cottoned on to one of the most brilliant investment managers he has ever known. The timing is perfect. My useless son has just finished his year-12 exams and after forking out hundreds of thousands for that Old School Tie over the years, I […]