e-fundresearch.com: What is the current size of the fund?
Yoshito Tsubota: Approx 20m EUR.
e-fundresearch.com: Do you also manage other funds or mandates?
Yoshito Tsubota: Yes.
e-fundresearch.com:What is the total amount of assets you manage currently?
Yoshito Tsubota:1.6bn USD (1.2bn EUR).
e-fundresearch.com: How long have you been in the business as a fund manager?
Yoshito Tsubota: 24 years.
e-fundresearch.com: What are the main steps in your investment process and in which area is your competitive edge to add value to investors?
Yoshito Tsubota: This fund employs the combination of top-down approach and bottom-up approach and creates investment themes in the investment process. This is very unique strength of our strategy and has provided investors with strong outperformance.
e-fundresearch.com: Which benchmark is most relevant and how should investors compare the fund vs. benchmarks or peer groups?
Yoshito Tsubota: TOPIX Total Return Index.
e-fundresearch.com: Which performance did you achieve for the fund YTD and over the past five calendar years in absolute terms and relative to relevant benchmark or other reference indices?
Yoshito Tsubota: 2013YTD: Fund (59.4%) vs BM Index (41.4%)
Last five calendar years (2008-2012): Fund (-41.0%) vs BM Index (-35.3%).
e-fundresearch.com: What motivates you in your job?
Yoshito Tsubota: Passion for serving to our clients and asset management business.
e-fundresearch.com: Which other profession would you have considered apart from becoming a fund manager?
Yoshito Tsubota: Japanese equity strategist.
e-fundresearch.com: Thank You!