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An International Value Fund Wins by Losing Less

Rupal Bhansali takes her goal to not lose her investors’ money personally. One essential difference in Bhansali’s strategy from that of her peers: the process of elimination. She isn’t screening stocks to find companies she likes, but to exclude those she dislikes.

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