BlackRock European Absolute Alpha co-managers Stefan Gries and Stephanie Bothwell have a fully flexible investment approach with this pan-European fund, in order to try and create positive returns regardless of market conditions. The fund offers a very wide range of opportunities – something which is enhanced by the ability to invest in both ‘long’ and ‘short’ ideas. It is also uncommon to see a fund invest in companies on both mainland Europe and in the UK, especially when also using a multi cap approach to invest in firms of all shapes and sizes.
What’s covered in this episode:
- The benefits of being able to long and short stock positions
- What the team look for in their long positions and why identifying short positions is more challenging
- How the portfolio has protected investor assets in these uncertain times
- Why the fund has stopped shorting the European banking sector
- Why they are wary of the outlook for the consumer in Europe in 2022
- Setting up the strategy to provide a differentiated return to markets
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