Steve Eisman fund spearheads Neuberger Berman UK onshore launch

Pedro Gonçalves
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Steve Eisman fund spearheads Neuberger Berman UK onshore launch

Neuberger Berman is launching a UK domiciled fund range with a global long/short portfolio, headed by Steve Eisman, the fund manager whose exploits inspired blockbuster film ‘The Big Short'.

The TM Neuberger Berman Absolute Alpha fund is a fundamentally-driven global long/short equity strategy, which aims to generate alpha on both the long and short side of the portfolio.

The onshore range will sit alongside the firm's Irish-domiciled UCITS range, which manages around $3bn for UK investors, but it will not fully replicate it. Its aim is to enable UK investors to access the group's strategies "more efficiently", the firm said.

We believe it is important to reassess compensation structures, with a focus on long-term return-on-equity over volume. It is also crucial to understand underlying risks"

Charges on platforms for UK retail investors are 1.24%, with some leading platforms and wealth managers having an introductory rate of 0.65%.

Steve Eisman famously made millions by forseeing the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 that kicked off the global recession - a story which formed the basis of the plot of 2015 film ‘The Big Short', in which Eisman was dramatised as Steve Carell.

The star manager will have Michael Cohen and Dana Cohen as co-managers.

The team also employs a four-step analytical and portfolio construction process, headlined by a financial system overlay and the evaluation of key metrics such as credit spreads and credit quality.

The fund does not aim to be consistently market neutral and is expected to be between 65% net long to -20% net short.

It is based on an existing equity long/short strategy managed by Eisman, launched on 1 November 2016. Since inception to end-December 2018, the strategy delivered a net return of 11.42%, in US dollar terms, against just 1.27% for the HFRX Equity Hedge index.

Eisman said: "We believe it is important to reassess compensation structures, with a focus on long-term return-on-equity over volume. It is also crucial to understand underlying risks."

Dik van Lomwel, head of EMEA and Latin America at Neuberger Berman, added: "The launch of our UK onshore range, which comes after years of careful consideration, is a significant milestone for our group."