RAB Capital hires Grandfield

Hedge fund manager RAB Capital has brought in Grandfield to handle its imminent listing on the alternative investment market (AIM) and the launch of hedging products designed for retail investors.

RAB Capital executive chairman Michael Alen-Buckley said Grandfield was the company’s first PR adviser and would handle comms around the AIM listing, the prospectus for which was published earlier this week.

Alen-Buckley added that Grandfield MD Marc Popiolek would lead a team handling media relations around the firm’s newly launched funds for retail investors. RAB Capital has launched two hedged retail funds in conjunction with Saga, the financial services and holiday group for the over-50s.

Retail investors are not allowed to invest in hedge funds. RAB Capital’s equity products, RAB Hedged Investment Fund, and the company’s bond product, RAB Income Plus, gets around the regulation by investing over half of the portfolio in conventional stocks and the rest in the futures of stock market indices.

Investment in ordinary stocks is confined typically to defensive or stable firms with capital preservation in mind.

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