Winner - Equity Fund Manager of the Year at the Insto Distinction Awards 2007
BT Investment Management (BTIM) was named Equity Fund Manager of the Year at the 9th annual INSTO Distinction Awards on 12 February 2007.
Presented in association with Standard & Poor’s, the Equity Fund Manager of the Year Award is a new category within INSTO Magazine’s annual awards which recognise achievements and excellence in Australian debt, equity and merger and acquisition (M&A) markets.
BTIM CEO, Dirk Morris, said contributing to BTIM’s investment success was its consistency of process and ability to attract and retain a highly talented team of investment professionals.
“The success of our Equity Strategies team, led by Crispin Murray, has been underpinned by the solid performance of our listed property, Australian all companies and small companies products,” he said.
Morris said recent changes to the BTIM operating environment and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2007, had resulted in a better alignment of investor, shareholder and fund manager interests and contributed to BTIM’s ability to attract experienced fund managers from across the industry.
“Having a pool of the industry’s most talented portfolio managers and analysts means we’re well placed to respond to challenging market conditions and also able to deliver new products to meet the changing investment landscape,” Mr Morris said.
“Attracted by the new operating model, Jim Taylor joined BTIM in July 2007 and will be launching a long short fund which is gaining considerable interest among institutional investors.”
Morris added: “The recent market volatility, particularly over the past quarter, has served to reinforce the value of sound investment management and sound investment strategies. It should also remind investors of the need to remain focused on the long-term investment horizon without getting too caught up in short-term market movements.
“In this volatile environment, we will continue with our strategy of focusing on companies that have secure cash flows, limited expectations in their valuations and sound management teams,” he said.