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The worst of the subprime crisis may not be over

Howard Marks and William Kerins from Oaktree Capital discuss the firm's global investment strategy and explain why subprime contagion could still spread.
ôIf we avoid the losers, the winners take care of themselves,ö says Howard Marks, chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, describing the firmÆs motto. Marks is categorical that an investment management firm needs to stand for something other than amassing assets, thus OaktreeÆs focus is on avoiding risk while targeting markets which provide opportunities for high returns.

Marks says that the firm chooses not to employ an economist because macro-forecasting is not critical to the 18 distinct investment strategies it employs.

Oaktree positions itself as a multi-strategy asset manager. Around 80% of its $51 billion in assets under management as at September 30 comes from pension funds and endowments. And 10% of the firmÆs capital is...
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