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20 Aug 2009

Man invests in Hong Kong-based Minerva macro fund

Man Investments’ seeding fund, RMF Global Emerging Managers, has completed its second incubation deal of the last two months, providing a cornerstone investment of $50 million for Hong Kong’s Minerva Macro Fund.

In July RMF GEM invested $50 million in the flagship product of 5:15 Capital Management, an unrelated fixed income arbitrage manager based in Connecticut.

Minerva is managed by Stanley Ku, who founded the Hong Kong office of hedge fund Fortress Investment Group and most recently managed $750 million for Fortress’ Drawbridge Global Macro Fund. Dorothy Lau, Minerva’s risk and business manager, formerly worked for JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

“Stanley Ku’s work at Fortress and Goldman Sachs has made him a very well respected money manager in Asia,” said Hans Hurschler, head of Man Investments’ hedge fund Ventures. “We believe that Minerva has the potential to generate solid, stable returns and that it may attract substantial assets.”

Minerva is a discretionary global macro fund, focused on Asia. It trades only highly liquid instruments such as interest rate or bond futures, foreign exchange forwards and equity index futures or sector ETFs. The entire portfolio is designed to be liquidated in 48 hours.

RBC Hedge 250 Index returned 2.10 percent in July 2009

RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of July 2009 the RBC Hedge 250 Index(R) had a net return of 2.10 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 13.04 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month. The return for June 2009 has been finalized at 0.33 percent.

Comprised of approximately 250 actual hedge funds, the RBC Hedge 250 Index is positioned as a diversified and representative investable index. The Universe on which the Index is based currently consists of 5,242 hedge funds (excludes funds of hedge funds) with aggregate assets under management of $952 billion.

Since its inception on July 1, 2005 through the end of June 2009, the RBC Hedge 250 Index has had an annualized net return of 2.56 percent. In comparison, over the same period, other investable indices have averaged -1.44 percent while non-investable indices have averaged 4.25 percent, according to information reported by the sponsors of those indices.