London-based asset manager Polar Capital has launched a long/short global absolute return fund to be managed by the firms global convertible team.

The Dublin-domiciled Ucits fund will invest in convertible securities, corporate debt and equities and most positions will be hedged. It will target a 5-8% net return with limited downside and a return volatility of around 6%.

The fund will be managed by David Keetley in London and Steve McCormick, based in the firms Connecticut offices.

David Sugarman and Jake Collins in London along with Uttkarsh Lal in Connecticut will provide additional support.

Iain Evans, Polars global head of distribution, said: Before making the final decision to launch the Fund, we conducted a round of pre-marketing, all of which reaffirmed our view that investors are actively looking for liquid, alternative strategies that can navigate and benefit from a more volatile environment.

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