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Asilo Argo Surpasses €100 Million Milestone

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Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Amid a tough market in 2022, Finnish fund manager Ernst Grönblom assembled a team to continue running his high-conviction strategy of selecting “future superstar” stocks under his independent fund boutique. Following strong performance in 2023 and early 2024, along with new capital inflows, the equity fund Asilo Argo has now surpassed the €100 million mark in assets under management. This marks the first time Grönblom has achieved this milestone since managing his strategy for over a decade under various umbrellas.

“We are thrilled to announce a landmark achievement for Asilo Argo: our assets under management have officially exceeded the €100 million mark,” announces Grönblom on LinkedIn. “This milestone is a testament to our fund’s strong performance both in terms of outstanding fund returns and a very respectable amount of new subscriptions,” he continues. Despite a challenging 2022 with a 53 percent loss, Asilo Argo embarked on a turnaround in 2023 with a nearly 64 percent gain, followed by an additional 6.4 percent increase in the first month of 2024. “For our current and potential investors, this achievement opens new horizons. It’s not just a number; it’s a gateway to more substantial opportunities, enhanced stability, and continued growth.”

“This milestone is a testament to our fund’s strong performance both in terms of outstanding fund returns and a very respectable amount of new subscriptions.”

According to Grönblom, reaching this level of assets is a critical success factor in the investment fund industry. “It addresses the challenge many emerging funds face: attracting major institutional investors,” he explains. Large institutional investors such as pension funds typically avoid investing in smaller funds due to their large investment tickets. “Crossing this threshold signifies that Asilo Argo is now ‘big enough’ to capture the attention and confidence of these significant investors, overcoming the classic ‘chicken-and-egg’ dilemma hindering growth,” says Grönblom. “With this hurdle cleared, we are excited to welcome new investors. The shop is open, and the future looks bright.”

“With this hurdle cleared, we are excited to welcome new investors. The shop is open, and the future looks bright.”

Grönblom, together with co-portfolio manager Henri Blomster and a broader team behind the scenes, implements a high-conviction strategy focusing on approximately 12 current or potential future superstar companies. Asilo Argo’s investment approach prioritizes high concentration and aims to identify the small fraction of listed companies that drive the majority of broader market returns. These superstar companies typically share common characteristics such as advanced digitization, exceptional labor skills, a strong emphasis on innovation, and substantial intangible assets.

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Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun serves as a data analyst responsible for maintaining and gatekeeping the Nordic Hedge Index, and as a journalist covering the Nordic hedge fund industry for HedgeNordic. Eugeniu completed his Master’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2018. Write to Eugeniu Guzun at eugene@hedgenordic.com

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