Ruffer launches Diversified Return Fund

14 September 2021

Ruffer LLP has announced the launch of the LF Ruffer Diversified Return Fund (RDRF), a daily liquidity version of its flagship £4 billion LF Ruffer Total Return Fund.

The new fund will adopt the same investment approach as Ruffer’s existing four core funds, which aim to generate absolute returns with an uncorrelated risk/return profile to the broader markets.

Ruffer’s existing Total Return Fund has delivered an annual return of 8.4%*.

The new fund is Ruffer’s first in the UK for 10 years. It aims to meet investors’ demand for better liquidity while affording protection against the risk of rising inflation and higher market volatility in the future.

The strategy will be managed by investment directors Duncan MacInnes, who will combine his role on the new fund with his role as co-manager of the Ruffer Investment Company, and Ian Rees.

The fund will be available through all of the major investment platforms with the first NAV scheduled for the 15th September.

Commenting on the launch, MacInnes said: “Global financial markets face an uncertain future which creates major challenges for investors. Traditional asset allocation models will come under renewed stress as inflation volatility rises. By providing a more liquid expression of our investment strategy we can help support UK financial planners, wealth managers and the broader wholesale market with our ‘all weather’ uncorrelated investment approach.

“We believe we are entering a world in which bond and equity prices look poised to fall in tandem. In this environment true diversification and a lack of correlation to other asset classes or strategies will be absolutely vital to portfolio construction – this is where we believe the Ruffer approach can be of use to investors.”

*Annualised basis as at 31 August 2021, inclusive of fees, since launch on 29 September 2000

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