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RIT Capital Boosts Equities Holdings, Shifting Focus to Growth

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March 7 (Bloomberg) -- RIT Capital Partners Plc, the U.K. investment trust led by Jacob Rothschild, increased its holdings of publicly traded equities, saying its investment focus has shifted more toward growth.

The proportion of the fund invested in equities and futures increased to 61 percent at the year-end from 51 percent in September, the London-based firm said in a statement today. Rothschild said the firm targeted an improving U.S. economy and also boosted its holdings of Japanese stocks in the final quarter.

“We felt that the impact of reflationary policies against an undervalued stock market provided us with an exceptional investment opportunity,” he said. “Equally these policies were negative for the currency and we took a net short yen position.”

RIT said today net asset value rose to 1,309 pence a share at Feb. 22, a record, and assets stood at more than 2 billion pounds ($3 billion) for the first time in the firm’s history. RIT will pay dividends of 14 pence a share in April and October.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edward Evans in London at eevans3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net

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