If you’d invested in: Man Group and Provident Financial

Investment firm Man Group is the world’s largest publicly traded hedge-fund company. The last year has seen a steady rise of over 67% in its shares.

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Investment firm Man Group (LSE: MAN) is the world's largest publicly traded hedge-fund company with more than $100bn in funds under management and more than 1,000 employees around the world.

It was founded in the 18th century as a sugar-trading operation and for almost 200 years was the exclusive supplier of rum to the Royal Navy. It recently became the first foreign firm to launch a hedge fund in China. The last year has seen a steady rise of over 67% in its shares.

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And a series of setbacks, including investigations by the regulator and two profit warnings in the space of three months, led to its expulsion from the FTSE 100 in 2017. The last year has seen almost 70% wiped off its value.

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Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website, scotsman.com, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

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