Rigorous selection process includes fund performance and strength of money manager as key criteria
TORONTO, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Agilith Capital Inc. is proud to announce that one of its premiere funds - the Agilith North American Diversified Fund - has been awarded the bronze medal for the Best Hedge Fund Newcomer Award at the 2009 Canadian Investment Awards(TM).
The Best Hedge Fund Newcomer Award is selected across all hedge fund categories that have exhibited superior performance for a fund with a minimum 1-year and less than a 3-year track record.
In its first two years The Agilith North American Diversified Fund, which was launched in October 2007, generated a total return of 25.4%, almost 45% ahead of the 19.2% decline registered by the TSX over the same period.
"We are firmly focused on delivering strong returns for our Fund during all market cycles, while actively managing risk," said Mr. Patrick Horan, Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Agilith Capital Inc. "Experience has been our most important asset in managing the portfolio through these challenging times."
The Fund's core strategy is based on constructing a high conviction portfolio of North American equities, which favours stock picking over indexing. Inherent in the strategy is the belief that exceptional returns are the result of superior business models. With the ability to make quick and decisive investments, the Fund is also designed to capitalize on market opportunities and extremes in investor sentiment. The Fund is structured as a 130/30 long/short Fund with investments in North American publicly traded equities outside of the resource sector. Following this disciplined investment strategy, the Fund has achieved outstanding performance in a time of unprecedented market volatility.
Lead portfolio managers Patrick Horan and Andrea Horan are industry veterans having a combined 35 years of experience in the capital markets, displaying exceptional stock picking abilities.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Patrick Horan has built a reputation as a top performing mutual fund and pension fund manager. Prior to co-founding Agilith, he co-managed an equity fund that exceeded $1 billion in assets at Legg Mason Canada.
Prior to helping found Agilith Capital, Andrea Horan was a founding partner and Director of Research at Genuity Capital Markets and Westwind Partners prior to that. She received top rankings in both Brendon Woods and Greenwich institutional investor surveys during her 13 years as a sell-side media analyst. She has used her skills in business analysis and valuation in identifying high growth potential and value opportunities for the Fund.
About the Canadian Investment Awards
Now in its 15th year, the Canadian Investment Awards and Gala recognizes products, services and innovations that exemplify excellence within the Canadian financial services industry. Unique in its collaborative structure and broad representation, this is the only national awards event that reflects the collective judging efforts of a broad range of industry experts, financial advisors and investors.
About Agilith Capital Inc.
Agilith Capital is a Toronto-based investment manager founded in 2007. The Company was established to capitalize on the partners' core belief that superior performance can be generated through focused strategies and in depth industry experience. Our mission is to generate wealth for investors through relentless analysis without the constraint of focusing on market capitalization or maintaining index weightings.
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