Magazine article American Banker

New Funds from AIM, Capital Cities Stress Flexibility in Styles

Magazine article American Banker

New Funds from AIM, Capital Cities Stress Flexibility in Styles

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AIM Management Group and Capital Cities Asset Management have introduced multicap mutual funds they are referring to as "go-anywhere" funds.

The Texas companies say the AIM Worldwide Spectrum Fund and the Capital Cities' Chameleon Fund have the flexibility to invest in any stocks, regardless of the issuing company's size, location, or sector. The managers can range from style to style and can focus on performance or asset allocation or risk-reward criteria, the companies say.

Joel Dobberpuhl manages the AIM fund, which was introduced Monday. He said that the emphasis for the past few years in mutual fund management has been on clinging to a specific investing style. Now, as Wall Street prepares for a year of expected turbulence in the stock market, "we want to deemphasize specificity," he said. "We want to line everything up, weigh the merits of each, and come up with the best fund possible."

The Chameleon fund was introduced Dec. 28. Julie Keller, director of marketing at Capital Cities, said Chameleon's managers have the freedom to shift between different industries, style sectors, and countries to find the economic hot spots in which to invest.

"This fund allows us to be in any sector, any style, or any index at any time," she said. "If tech is hot, it's a tech fund. If value gets hot, then it's a value fund. We don't want to be pigeonholed."

Ms. Keller said the Chameleon fund, which in its first week amassed $3 million of assets under management, was spurred by the growth of exchange-traded funds, which have the freedom to shift internally from one investment style to another.

While the stock market remains up in the air, multicap funds like Chameleon and Spectrum that allow for such internal shifts may be able to retain assets more effectively than others, Ms. Keller said.

Keith Hartstein, executive vice president of sales and marketing at John Hancock Funds in Boston, said these multicap funds are beginning to pop up because investors are asking for them. …

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