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Investments specialising in commodities or property will seek exposure to a limited number of market sectors. Compared to funds which spread investment risk more generally through a variety of sectors, price movements may have a greater effect on the overall value of the investment. These specialist investments typically invest in smaller company shares which can be more unpredictable and less liquid than those of larger company shares. Trends which occur within the general equity market may not be mirrored within these specialist funds. In extreme market conditions, it may be difficult to realise your investments.
Absolute return strategies involve the use of complex derivatives to facilitate certain investment management techniques including the establishment of both ‘long’ and ‘synthetic short’ positions and creation of market leverage for the purposes of increasing the economic exposure of a fund beyond the value of its net assets. The use of derivatives in this manner may have the effect of increasing the overall risk profile of the investment. Investors should be aware that these strategies are not guaranteed to always deliver positive returns in all market conditions, and in strong markets, absolute return funds may not capture all of the upside.
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Diversification and asset allocation may not protect you fully against market risk.
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