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It has been a difficult year for absolute return funds with the sector seeing polarised returns, ranging from a rise of 21% to a loss of 25%.

The best performers list includes three Schroders funds, with the firms ISF Asian Bond Absolute Return and ISF Emerging Market Debt Absolute Return claiming top spot, while T. Rowe Price and GAM also achieved the highest return of 21%.

Among the losers, Argonaut Absolute Return, managed by Barry Norris, was down 25%, while Odey Absolute Return fell 17%, despite manager Crispin Odeys successful backing of the Brexit campaign.

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City Financial Absolute Equity, which was one ofthe top performers in 2015, had a reversal of fortune this year, losing 14% year-to-date.

However, Standard Life Investments Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) fund, which has also seen poor performance this year, managed to avoid the top 10 worst performers list, reporting losses of 3.5% year-to-date.

Overall, the IATargeted Absolute Return sector was the worst peforming Investment Association sector over the year to 19 December, returning 0.7%, according to FE.

Absolute return funds have alsocome under scrutinyfrom the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in its recentAsset Management Market Study.

The regulator questioned if they represent good value for money for investors given the poor performance of many of these vehicles this year, and criticised the use of performance fees by certain funds.

Over the period, the IA Targeted Absolute Return sector returned 0.7%.

Data from FE Analytics in sterling terms from 1 January to 19 December 2016.

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