Garth Taljard, B Bus Sc (Actuarial Science), CFA, FIA,
Garth was previously at Metropolitan Employee Benefits where he worked on investment product development and risk management. He joined Old Mutual Investment Group (previously OMAM) in November 2000. He has been responsible for developing and managing all kinds of liability-driven investments, ranging from absolute return funds to structured portfolios. Garth has also been responsible for developing OMIGSA's local and international hedge fund offering. He is currently portfolio manager of the Old Mutual Investment Group Absolute Return Funds. He also manages the Old Mutual Dynamic Floor Fund and the Namibia Dynamic Floor Fund.
Saul Burman, B Bus Sc (Hons), FIA, CFA
Saul is responsible for the portfolio management of a range of products that target inflation-beating returns, in the Absolute Return Investments team. In addition, he is responsible for the business and portfolio management of the offshore fund of hedge fund products.
Saul's wide range of experience gives him a good insight into the full gamut of asset classes and investment offerings in the market. His actuarial background is vital in understanding the liability side of the equation and is of great benefit in designing and running products for the benefit of clients.
Saul has been with OMIGSA (previously OMAM) since 2000. Although he has been a portfolio manager since 2003, he has had a number of roles in OMIGSA. These include heading up OMIGSA Product Development, providing a technical interface for the management of asset consultant relationships as well as managing the relationship and joint investment initiatives between OMIGSA and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (OMLACSA).
Hanno Niehaus, BEcon (Hons), CFA
Hanno is currently part of the portfolio management team responsible for the managing of Old Mutual Investment Group (SA)'s absolute return product offering. His training as an economist and experience in equity derivatives are key assets in the risk framework we use to offer our clients targeted real returns.
Since joining Old Mutual in 1998, Hanno has been involved in structured products, equity derivatives and absolute return solutions. He was appointed as investment structuring analyst in 2004 and portfolio manager in 2006.
FUND OBJECTIVES AND FOCUS
The Four Plus Capital Fund of Funds aims to provide investors with stable growth of money in excess of inflation. To achieve this the fund invests in the money and share markets. The fund manager moves between these investment types to protect capital and maximise growth (the risks associated with the growth opportunities offered by shares are offset by the stability of the money market). The money market proportion will vary depending on market conditions. Through this strategy, volatility is actively managed in pursuit of inflation-beating growth.
Investors who are concerned about protecting their money, but are willing to take on some risk in order to achieve long term stable growth. These investors understand the volatility associated with investing in shares, but are looking for growth in excess of inflation over the medium term.
This is a moderate risk fund (risk rating 3). The fund is exposed to share price movements, which are affected by the performance of individual companies, general market conditions as well as political and economic changes. Risk is reduced by the following:
a) A portfolio diversified across industries minimises sectoral risks.
b) The risks associated with shares are offset by the stability of the money market.
c) Risk is further countered by a 30% holding in cash. The short term nature of cash reduces the fund's price fluctuations and interest rate risk.