Andrew Dillon, Baronsmead Partners Ireland

The current financial markets liquidity crisis highlights the importance of having a high degree of technical knowledge in the valuation of esoteric financial instruments, something often overlooked previously.

The fund prospectus should always outline how instruments in the portfolio will be valued by the fund administrator in accordance with pricing guidelines. The guidelines should leave room for directors' discretion in the event an instrument cannot be valued. Often the person most

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