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No pain, no gain: five selectors name their best contrarian calls

No pain, no gain: five selectors name their best contrarian calls

Investment professionals reveal when they stuck to their guns and it paid off.

Funds & Fund Managers

All calculations in EUR, unless stated
over :
 Average Total Return : 5.3% (31 January 2017 - 31 January 2018)
Currency Total Return Standard Deviation Max Drawdown
1 of 178

Polar Capital UK Absolute Equity I EUR

EUR

44.5%

9.0

-0.7%

2 of 178

MS Alkeon UCITS I EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

38.1%

11.2

-2.3%

3 of 178

Trias L/S Fund Class EUR

EUR

33.1%

6.1

-1.1%

4 of 178

Kairos International Sicav - Pegasus UCITS P EUR

EUR

32.6%

3.3

0%

5 of 178

Algebris Financial Equity B EUR Acc

EUR

31.7%

14.9

-4.9%

6 of 178

Rhenman Healthcare Equity L/S I1 EUR C

EUR

27.9%

18.6

-9.0%

7 of 178

CS (Lux) Small and Mid Cap Alpha L/S Fd B EUR

EUR

27.4%

7.1

-1.1%

8 of 178

FP Argonaut Absolute Return EUR A Hdg Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

23.2%

13.9

-3.8%

9 of 178

Hector SICAV Campsor Long Short Eq B EUR Cap

EUR

23.0%

10.3

-3.6%

10 of 178

SWMC European B EUR

EUR

22.7%

9.6

-2.5%

11 of 178

SWMC Small Cap European B EUR

EUR

19.5%

5.0

-0.4%

12 of 178

BSF European Opportunities Extension A2 EUR

EUR

19.1%

9.0

-2.7%

13 of 178

Odey Giano European R EUR Acc

EUR

18.9%

7.9

-3.0%

14 of 178

Pictet TR - Mandarin-I EUR

EUR

18.9%

5.9

-2.6%

15 of 178

LM MC Japan Abs Alpha M (PF) EUR Dis (A) (H)

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

17.3%

4.3

-1.0%

16 of 178

AIM LUX AIM Europe Selection EUR-C

EUR

16.9%

5.9

-2.1%

17 of 178

Kairos International Sicav - Italia P

EUR

16.8%

6.1

-2.3%

18 of 178

Incline Global Long/Short Equity E EUR Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

16.7%

5.9

-0.3%

19 of 178

Rivoli International Fund E

EUR

16.7%

13.5

-6.2%

20 of 178

Kairos International Sicav - Key X

EUR

15.9%

6.4

-1.6%

20 of 178

Schroder GAIA Egerton Equity A Acc EUR

EUR

15.9%

6.9

-2.4%

22 of 178

Alken Fund - Absolute Return Europe-H

EUR

15.8%

5.4

-1.2%

23 of 178

AB SICAV I-Select Absolute Alpha Pf S EUR H

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

15.2%

3.7

-0.3%

24 of 178

Ardevora Global Equity C EUR

EUR

15.2%

8.3

-3.4%

25 of 178

Heptagon Helicon Global Equity SE

EUR

14.9%

6.0

-1.6%

26 of 178

Lamartine Performance

EUR

14.7%

7.0

-3.9%

27 of 178

Tavau Swiss Fund EUR hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

14.2%

4.8

-1.2%

28 of 178

Pictet-Japanese Equity Opportunities-I EUR

EUR

14.1%

9.4

-4.0%

29 of 178

Eleva Absolute Return Europe R EUR Cap

EUR

13.9%

2.9

-0.5%

30 of 178

Nomura Alpha Japan Long Short A EUR

EUR

13.7%

1.8

0%

31 of 178

RBR European Long Short (LUX) P EUR

EUR

12.8%

9.2

-5.8%

32 of 178

LM MC Euro Abs Alpha M (PF) EUR Dis (A)

EUR

11.7%

6.2

-2.0%

33 of 178

Rivoli International Fund V9 E

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

11.6%

9.1

-4.2%

34 of 178

LOF - Fundamental Equity L/S Sys.Hdg.Seed (EUR) MA

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

11.5%

6.6

-2.3%

35 of 178

Planetarium Fund Anthilia Red A

EUR

11.3%

8.2

-4.3%

36 of 178

TOSCA MICRO CAUCITS EUR Inst Acc

EUR

11.3%

7.8

-3.9%

37 of 178

Prosper Stars & Stripes P EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

11.0%

3.9

-1.4%

38 of 178

Threadneedle American Extended Alpha EUR Ret Net A

EUR

11.0%

8.7

-4.1%

39 of 178

Schroder GAIA Sirios US Equity EUR Hdg A Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

10.8%

3.8

-0.5%

40 of 178

Neuberger Berman US Long Short Equity EUR I Acc

EUR

10.8%

2.8

-0.4%

41 of 178

Jupiter JGF Europa L EUR B Acc

EUR

10.4%

3.4

-0.6%

42 of 178

Silver Time LOQ Eqty Europe Patrimoine S EUR C

EUR

10.3%

5.3

-2.3%

43 of 178

LFIS Vision UCITS- Equity Defender I Dis EUR

EUR

10.3%

7.3

-3.5%

44 of 178

AZ Fund 1 Active Selection A AZ FUND Acc

EUR

10.2%

4.9

-1.1%

45 of 178

Fidentiis Tordesillas SICAV-Iberia Long-Short I

EUR

9.9%

2.7

-0.1%

46 of 178

U ACCESS (IRL) Electron Glb Utility Fund D EUR Cap

EUR

9.8%

3.3

-0.6%

47 of 178

Aventicum UCITS Absolute Return Euro Eq Fund C EUR

EUR

9.4%

5.5

-1.8%

48 of 178

Sycomore L/S Opportunities A

EUR

9.1%

3.1

-0.6%

49 of 178

Atlante Target Italy Hedged A

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

9.0%

5.6

-2.2%

50 of 178

UBS (Irl) Global Eq Long Shrt EUR I B Acc

EUR

8.7%

4.7

-1.1%

51 of 178

Tages Anavon Global Equity L/S Ucits S EUR Cap

EUR

8.5%

6.3

-3.0%

52 of 178

Schroder UK Dynamic Abs Return P2 Euro Hedged Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

8.4%

4.4

-2.0%

53 of 178

BSF Global Long/Short Equity D2 EUR

EUR

8.2%

3.5

-1.8%

54 of 178

Hedge Invest Principia EUR FOF

EUR

8.1%

4.5

-2.2%

55 of 178

Chilton UCITS - Global Strategies B EUR

EUR

7.9%

4.8

-2.0%

56 of 178

MLIS Gotham US Equity Long/Short UCITS EUR D Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

7.9%

4.8

-3.0%

56 of 178

DB Platinum Chilton Diversified R1C-E

EUR

7.9%

3.2

-0.9%

58 of 178

Kirao MultiCaps Alpha

EUR

7.3%

5.2

-2.5%

59 of 178

AVANA IndexTrend Europa Dynamic R

EUR

7.2%

6.4

-4.0%

60 of 178

BANOR SICAV Italy Long Short Equity R

EUR

7.0%

5.4

-2.0%

61 of 178

LOYS-GLOBAL L/S INH.I

EUR

7.0%

3.3

-1.0%

62 of 178

Alkimis Capital UCITS - Accumulazione

EUR

6.7%

4.3

-1.9%

63 of 178

Quantology Smart I

EUR

6.7%

3.6

-0.9%

64 of 178

BG Sicav Threadneedle Gl Eq Long-Short DL Cap EUR

EUR

6.6%

5.6

-1.3%

65 of 178

New Mountain Vantage UCITS Founder EUR Inst

EUR

6.5%

3.5

-2.0%

66 of 178

RWC US Absolute Alpha A EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

6.3%

3.9

-2.0%

67 of 178

Invesco Pan European Equity Long/Short Fund A-Acc

EUR

6.1%

4.5

-1.9%

68 of 178

BANOR SICAV North America Long Short Equity R EUR

EUR

5.9%

5.7

-2.8%

69 of 178

Lazard Long Short Flexible A

EUR

5.8%

2.2

-0.6%

70 of 178

Catella Nordic Long/Short Equity RC H-EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

5.7%

7.6

-3.6%

71 of 178

Fonditalia Flexible Italy - R

EUR

5.7%

2.6

-0.7%

72 of 178

Janus Henderson European Abs Return I Acc EUR Hgd

EUR

5.6%

4.8

-2.9%

73 of 178

Finlabo Investments Sicav - Dynamic Equity R

EUR

5.5%

4.2

-1.8%

74 of 178

Partners Group Global Value SICAV I (EUR)

EUR

5.5%

2.4

-0.5%

75 of 178

Pictet TR - Corto Europe-P EUR

EUR

5.4%

2.1

-0.7%

76 of 178

DNB Fund ECO Absolute Return A EUR

EUR

5.4%

8.4

-5.3%

77 of 178

GAM Star Global Quality EUR Inst Acc

EUR

5.4%

8.0

-7.6%

78 of 178

JPM Europe Equity Absolute Alpha A (perf) Acc EUR

EUR

5.2%

4.2

-1.9%

79 of 178

UBS (Irl) Inv Sel - Equity Opp L/S Fd I-B-a

EUR

5.2%

7.0

-2.7%

80 of 178

Artemis Pan European Absolute Return I EUR hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

5.1%

5.4

-3.2%

81 of 178

BG Sicav Tenax Gl Financ Eq LongShort DL Cap EUR

EUR

4.7%

4.4

-2.6%

82 of 178

Janus Henderson HF Pan European Alpha A2 EUR

EUR

4.5%

4.6

-3.0%

83 of 178

Anima Star High Potential Europe Prestige

EUR

4.4%

2.4

-0.7%

84 of 178

Anima Star Italia Alto Potenziale A

EUR

4.4%

3.8

-1.6%

85 of 178

Anima Star Europa Alto Potenziale A

EUR

4.4%

2.4

-0.7%

86 of 178

Goldman Sachs EFI LS Risk Premia Pf C EURH 3xs Lvg

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

4.2%

6.9

-2.9%

86 of 178

Fonditalia Flexible Europe - R

EUR

4.2%

2.6

-1.2%

86 of 178

Quadra Capital Global Equity Alpha P Cap

EUR

4.2%

5.7

-4.5%

89 of 178

Lazard US Fundamental Alternative EA Acc EUR Hdg

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

4.2%

2.8

-1.2%

90 of 178

InRIS UCITS PLC-R Parus I EUR Hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

4.1%

6.9

-3.9%

91 of 178

GAM Star Global Selector EUR Acc

EUR

4.1%

9.7

-4.4%

91 of 178

Man GLG Innovation Equity Alternative IN H EUR Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

4.1%

2.9

-1.6%

93 of 178

Ennismore European Smaller Companies EUR

EUR

4.1%

5.6

-3.3%

94 of 178

Smith & Williamson Enterprise F

EUR

4.0%

2.7

-1.0%

94 of 178

Man GLG European Mid-Cap Eqty Alt INF EUR

EUR

4.0%

2.9

-1.6%

96 of 178

BBVA Durbana IF Alternative Solutions A EUR Cap

EUR

3.8%

1.6

-0.3%

97 of 178

UNI-GLOBAL Absolute Return SA-EUR

EUR

3.8%

2.5

-1.4%

97 of 178

ABN AMRO Total Return Global Equities C

EUR

3.8%

4.7

-2.6%

99 of 178

GAM Star (Lux) Financials Alpha C EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

3.7%

3.6

-1.6%

100 of 178

Schroder ISF QEP Global Value Plus EUR A Acc

EUR

3.7%

7.5

-8.2%

101 of 178

Moneta Long Short A

EUR

3.6%

3.6

-1.7%

102 of 178

DNCA Invest Velador B

EUR

3.4%

3.1

-1.4%

103 of 178

Man GLG Global Equity Alternative IN EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

3.4%

3.4

-2.5%

104 of 178

Liontrust GF European Strategic Equity A4 EUR Acc

EUR

3.4%

6.4

-4.2%

105 of 178

Edmond de Rothschild Fund-Europe Flexible A EUR

EUR

3.3%

5.3

-4.0%

106 of 178

MS Ascend UCITS I EUR

EUR

3.2%

6.8

-3.8%

107 of 178

Finlabo Investments Sicav Dynamic US Equity P

EUR

3.2%

6.7

-6.4%

108 of 178

H2O Fidelio Fund I EUR (Hedged)

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

3.1%

1.0

-0.2%

109 of 178

Janus Henderson UK Absolute Return I EUR Acc H

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

2.9%

1.9

-0.6%

110 of 178

BSF European Absolute Return A2 EUR

EUR

2.9%

2.6

-1.2%

111 of 178

ZEST Mediterraneus Absolute Value I

EUR

2.8%

3.9

-2.7%

112 of 178

First Private Dynamic Equity Allocation A

EUR

2.8%

4.6

-3.2%

113 of 178

Trium Blackwall Europe L/S G EUR

EUR

2.7%

3.6

-1.5%

114 of 178

BPI Global Invest Fd BPI Alt Fd Ibe Eq L/S Fd R

EUR

2.6%

1.9

-1.0%

115 of 178

Lemanik Sicav Adwise Long/Short Cap Ret EUR

EUR

2.6%

5.3

-4.4%

116 of 178

BDL Rempart Europe C

EUR

2.3%

3.6

-2.0%

117 of 178

Assenagon Substanz Europa I

EUR

2.3%

5.3

-4.6%

118 of 178

RWC Europe Absolute Alpha B EUR

EUR

2.1%

4.0

-2.2%

119 of 178

Verrazzano European Focus EUR EI R V

EUR

2.1%

49.4

-28.1%

119 of 178

Mediolanum BB Long Short Strategy Collection LA

EUR

2.1%

2.1

-1.1%

121 of 178

Orchidee I Long/Short

EUR

1.9%

1.0

-0.2%

122 of 178

Portland Hill SICAV European Long/Short C EUR

EUR

1.8%

4.6

-1.9%

123 of 178

Blue Rock A

EUR

1.7%

1.7

-1.1%

124 of 178

BNY Mellon Absolute Return Equity R EUR Hdg

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

1.6%

2.2

-1.3%

124 of 178

MFM Funds Lux-MFM Global Thematic Lg/Sht-I EUR

EUR

1.6%

2.3

-1.9%

126 of 178

Bati Actions Optimum I

EUR

1.6%

2.9

-2.2%

126 of 178

Lazard European Alternative C Acc EUR

EUR

1.6%

2.9

-1.6%

126 of 178

CS (Lux) Multi-Advisor Equity Alpha Fund FBH

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

1.6%

3.2

-2.3%

129 of 178

Schroder ISF European Alpha Abs Return C Acc

EUR

1.6%

3.7

-3.4%

130 of 178

ABN AMRO Verrazzano Europe Long Short A EUR

EUR

1.0%

4.4

-2.1%

131 of 178

Alternative Beta - Absolute Return fund

EUR

1.0%

2.4

-1.7%

132 of 178

Quaero Capital European Equities Long-Short A EUR

EUR

0.9%

5.3

-3.2%

133 of 178

Exane Funds 2 - Exane Zephyr Fund A acc

EUR

0.7%

3.2

-2.1%

134 of 178

FundLogic Glbl Eq Risk Premia L/S UCITS A Acc EUR

EUR

0.6%

1.9

-1.4%

135 of 178

Verrazzano European Long-Short EI EUR

EUR

0.5%

4.2

-2.0%

136 of 178

DNB Fund TMT Absolute Return A EUR

EUR

0.5%

6.8

-5.1%

137 of 178

Pioneer Funds Absolute Return Europ Equity A EUR

EUR

0.4%

2.0

-1.2%

138 of 178

Threadneedle UK Absolute Alpha Ret Net Acc EUR

EUR

0.4%

8.0

-8.8%

139 of 178

BlackRock UK Equity Absolute Return A2 EUR

EUR

0.3%

1.9

-1.5%

140 of 178

LF Odey Absolute Return EUR Hgd Inst Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

0.3%

11.3

-8.1%

141 of 178

Rational Asset Mgmt Equity Long/Short IC H-EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

0.2%

2.6

-2.3%

142 of 178

Alessia - Absolute Return Plus I Cap

EUR

0.2%

2.0

-1.3%

143 of 178

Threadneedle (Lux)-American Absolute Alpha AEH

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

0.1%

1.8

-1.6%

144 of 178

Arcus Japan Long/Short Institutional EUR

EUR

0.0%

7.6

-6.1%

145 of 178

Danske Invest SICAV - Europe Absolute A

EUR

-0.2%

3.6

-3.9%

146 of 178

Verrazzano European Opportunities EUR A R V

EUR

-0.2%

4.3

-2.2%

147 of 178

Tactical Equity Overlay C

EUR

-0.3%

7.9

-6.6%

148 of 178

DNCA Invest Miura B

EUR

-0.4%

3.1

-2.2%

149 of 178

DNCA Invest Miuri B

EUR

-0.5%

2.1

-2.6%

149 of 178

Q1 EURO Special

EUR

-0.5%

4.1

-3.0%

151 of 178

BSF European Diversified Equity Abs Ret A2 EUR

EUR

-0.6%

4.0

-3.0%

152 of 178

Union Pea Long Short C

EUR

-0.8%

2.4

-2.2%

152 of 178

Fonditalia Flexible Emerging Markets - R

EUR

-0.8%

2.8

-3.6%

154 of 178

Swiss Hedge Twintrade EUR D Class in liq

EUR

-1.1%

4.3

-5.2%

155 of 178

Allianz Discovery Europe Strategy - A - EUR

EUR

-1.2%

4.0

-3.2%

156 of 178

sentix Risk Return -A- R

EUR

-1.4%

5.2

-5.7%

157 of 178

Melchior Sel Trust Europ Enh Abs Ret I1 EUR Acc

EUR

-1.4%

7.1

-6.9%

158 of 178

Candriam Dynamix Syst Long Short Equity I Cap EUR

EUR

-1.5%

4.8

-3.3%

159 of 178

Melchior Sel Trust European Absolute Ret I1

EUR

-1.6%

3.6

-3.8%

160 of 178

DB Platinum Ivory Optimal R1C-E

EUR

-2.0%

6.2

-6.6%

161 of 178

Ibercaja Alpha A, FI

EUR

-2.4%

6.1

-6.4%

162 of 178

Nordea1 Stable Equity Long/Short Euro Hdg BP EUR

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

-3.4%

6.7

-10.1%

163 of 178

UBI SICAV - Long/Short Euro I

EUR

-4.1%

3.7

-6.1%

164 of 178

Jupiter JGF Global Absolute Return I Cap EUR

EUR

-4.2%

1.5

-4.2%

165 of 178

Auriga Investors - Global Allocation Fund A Cap

EUR

-4.3%

11.9

-10.4%

166 of 178

Schroder ISF European Eq Absolute Return C Acc

EUR

-4.6%

3.9

-5.6%

167 of 178

Schroder European Equity Abs Return P1 EUR

EUR

-4.7%

4.0

-5.4%

168 of 178

DB Platinum IV Clinton Equity Strategies R1C-E

EUR

-5.0%

8.5

-10.9%

169 of 178

Esperia Funds SICAV Strategic Portfolio I

EUR

-5.1%

6.3

-9.0%

170 of 178

Regard Positif L/S Actions

EUR

-6.6%

3.2

-7.1%

171 of 178

Planetarium Fund Anthilia Silver B

EUR

-6.6%

3.5

-7.3%

172 of 178

3.14 Tungsten Long Short Strategy A

EUR

-7.4%

3.3

-7.6%

173 of 178

Rivoli Equity Fund

EUR

-9.7%

5.4

-11.7%

174 of 178

TM Sanditon European Select F Acc EUR Hgd

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged

EUR

-10.3%

5.1

-10.4%

175 of 178

Majedie Asset Management Tortoise I Acc

EUR

-14.8%

6.8

-15.4%

176 of 178

PE-Invest 1

EUR

-19.4%

12.5

-19.4%

177 of 178

Odey Swan I EUR

EUR

-26.7%

12.3

-26.7%

178 of 178

PE-Invest 2

EUR

-27.1%

16.5

-27.1%

Funds with less than 12 months history are below. View 1 month performance

BCV Systematic Premia Equity Opportunity EUR A

Exane Funds 2 - Exane Care Fund A Cap

Frankfurter Stiftungsfonds R

Neuberger Berman US Eq Idx Putwrite EUR I Acc Hdg

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