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The Buyside Profile: Mergence, Cape Town, South Africa

Published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 11 Q4 2008

Headquartered in Cape Town, Mergence is an interesting mix of investment businesses; part absolute return fund, part multi-strategy hedge fund, and part long-only fund. Automated Trader talks to Brad Preston, Mergence’s Quantitative Analyst, about the firm’s evolving use of algorithms and automation across its business units.

Brad PrestonHow are Mergence's various businesses arranged?

Our absolute return fund is offered and regulated locally and has some ZAR2.3bn under management. This does not use gearing and makes use of option strategies and tactical asset allocation to create its return profile. We also have a long-only fund that has about ZAR600mn under management a

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