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MK funds get new asset manager

After seven Regions Morgan Keegan investment funds took a nose dive because of their ties to the subprime mortgage lending crisis, stockholders found themselves holding greatly devalued portfolios. Because the funds had been initially represented as low-risk, when in actuality they were tied to the volatile subprime lending market, stockholders are bringing suit against Regions Morgan Keegan for their losses. Now, the investment portfolios have a new manager, Hyperion Brookfield Asset Manager.

According to a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Hyperion Brookfield, based in New York, NY, took over the management of three open-end funds and four closed-end funds that had been managed by Morgan Asset Managment, an arm of Morgan Keegan, which is based in Memphis. Morgan Asset Management is owned by Regions Financial Corp., based in Birmingham, Ala.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Hyperion investors will reposition the funds and revamp the portfolios in an effort to revive them. New investments will focus on investment grade corporates and high-yield securities, according to Dana Erikson, who is now portfolio manager, the Appeal says.

Hyperion Brookfield has scheduled a conference call for shareholders on Sept. 4 to discuss specific plans of the portfolio restructuring.