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10 Nov 2006

Man Group Gains Higher than Forecast

Overall gains at Man Group, the world’s largest listed hedge fund, were higher than the company forecast. Sales for the six-month period came in at $10.6 billion, compared with the $10.4 billion forecast in September.

Harvey McGrath, Man chairman, in an interview with Reuters said, “We are in a market that is growing very rapidly … inflow of assets into these kind of products across the industry is strong,” Man Group, like its hedge fund industry peers, continues to benefit from investors’ ongoing shift away from traditional ways of holding equities and bonds in favour of hedge funds, property and private equity, McGrath said.

According to their statement, Man’s profit before taxes on all operations rose to $766 million (33%) and its recurring net management fee income rose to $452 million (38%).

Assets under management reached $56.8 billion at the end of September and are now estimated at around $58 billion.

McGrath said in a statment “Looking forward we expect Man’s Financial markets to continue to expand and believe that our business model, focused on growing market share, diversifying revenue streams, controlling overheads and exploiting scale advantages will support a continued growth in profitability from this business.”

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