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Vilas’ equity long bias hedge fund generates market-beating results

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The Vilas Fund, an equity long bias fund managed by Chicago, Illinois-based Vilas Capital Management, posted five-year annualized returns, net of fees, of 23.47% vs. 15.87% for the S&P 500 Index, including dividends, on its five-year anniversary on August 31.

The Fund was the top performing fund in the BarclayHedge Equity Long Bias category for the three years ended June 30, 2015, and was ranked number 6 out of 2,972 funds in the entire BarclayHedge database that post continuous results over the three years ended July 31, 2015.

The long-bias hedge fund strategy essentially serves as an investment halfway house in between a market-neutral fund and a long-only fund. A long-bias fund maintains a differing ratio of long positions (compared to short positions) that usually exceeds 40%. The Barclay Equity Long Bias Index is down 3.55% in August, down 0.47% YTD.

John C. Thompson, founder and CIO of Vilas Capital, commented, "We are extremely gratified that our focus on value equities has led to results that have exceeded our peers over these time periods.

He continued, "Given the market downdraft and the Fund's under-performance of the......................

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