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Liontrust to launch Micro Cap fund

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Liontrust has confirmed it will launch a UK Micro Cap fund in the first quarter of 2016.

Subject to FCA approval, the fund will be managed by Anthony Cross, currently co-manager of the Liontrust UK Smaller Companies, Special Situations, and UK Growth funds.

Cross will be joined by former journalist Victoria Bates, and Matt Tonge from the firm’s trading desk.

Cross said: “Having strengthened the Liontrust smaller companies team this year with the hire of Victoria and Matt, we see significant opportunities within the micro cap end of the market and are excited about the launch of our fund next year.”

Liontrust decided to launch a micro cap fund as the area was “attractive”, and the stocks within it less well-researched than the rest of the market. The firm believes micro caps have the capacity to  generate growth in a low-growth environment, adapt to rapidly changing environments, and pay dividends.

The new fund will be run using the same ‘economic advantage’ process as the rest of the firm’s small-cap range, which includes only investing in companies where management own at least 3 per cent of the equity in the company.

Other details on the new fund are as yet unavailable, pending official announcement of its launch.

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