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BlackRock European Absolute Alpha

Ranked 39 out of 84 in - Long/Short Equity over 12 months
All calculations are in GBP unless stated

Managed by

Vincent Devlin

Born in Northern Ireland in 1970 Vincent Devlin graduated from the University of Manchester in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. His investment career began two years later when he joined the Co-operative Insurance Society where he spent four years before moving to Insight Investments in 1998 as fund manager of European equities. After a further four year stint Vincent moved to join Scottish Widows where he remained until 2007 reaching the position of investment director and managing European retail unit trusts with a total of €1bn funds under management. Having left SWIP at the end of 2007, Vincent has now moved to BlackRock where he currently manages their Continental European Fund. An associate member of UKSIP, Vincent’s leisure interests focus on the sporting activities of rugby and cycling.

Stefan Gries

Stefan Gries, CFA, director and research analyst, is a member of BlackRock's European Equity team within BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2008, he spent two years at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership where he completed a two year graduate program. During this program Stefan was an analyst covering auto and auto suppliers, metal & mining sectors and small and mid-cap Eurozone stocks. During his studies, Stefan worked summers at Lehman Brothers and DWS Investments. He earned an MA in Economics and Spanish from the University of St Andrews in 2005.


This Fund seeks to achieve a positive absolute return for investors and, as such, the Fund will not be managed against any European equity index. The Fund invests primarily in a portfolio of equities and equity-related securities (including derivatives) of companies incorporated or listed in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, although from time to time cash and near cash may be held. The Fund may also invest in other transferable securities, permitted money market instruments, permitted deposits and units in collective investment schemes. In order to achieve the investment objective and policy the Fund will invest in a variety of investment strategies and instruments.

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Long/Short Equity over : 30/09/2015 - 30/09/2016
  • Rank 39/84 Total Return
  • Rank 14/84 Standard Deviation
  • Rank 18/84 Max Drawdown
Fund Name Currency Return
37 Liontrust GF European Strategic Equity (C3 - GBP) GBP


38 Man GLG Global Equity Alternative DN H GBP

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged



39 BlackRock European Absolute Alpha P Acc GBP


40 TM Sanditon UK Select A Acc GBP


41 Verrazzano European Long-Short EI GBP Hgd

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged



Fund Name Currency Loss
16 BSF European Absolute Return D2RF GBP GBP


17 PTR-Corto Europe-I GBP GBP


18 Schroder European Absolute Target P1 Hgd Acc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged



18 BlackRock European Absolute Alpha P Acc GBP


20 Majedie Asset Management Tortoise B Acc GBP


Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 30/09/2016 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2016 -1.7% 1.0% -0.4%
2015 8.9% 1.9% 1.4% 2.9% 2.5%
2014 0.3% 2.7% -4.4% 0.5% 1.5%
2013 4.4% 1.3% 1.8% -0.5% 1.7%
2012 5.2% 1.7% 1.6% 0.5% 1.3%
2011 5.7% -2.3% 0.1% 4.7% 3.3%
2010 3.8% 0.8% -1.6% 2.4% 2.3%
2009 2.1% 0.6% 0.4%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Registered For Sale In

  1. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date31/03/2009
  • Share Class size112Mn
  • Base currencyGBP
  • ISIN GB00B4Y62T40

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment500
  • Min. regular additional investment50


  • Annual management1.50%
  • Initial investment5

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Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in the currency and currencies indicated).