Skip to Content
US Videos

A Measured Approach to Merger-Arbitrage

Arbitrage Fund's well-managed strategy and low fees make it a standout among merger-focused peers.


Josh Charlson: Bronze-rated Arbitrage Fund is in Morningstar's market neutral category, and it pursues a merger-arbitrage strategy. Merger-arb funds take advantage of what's known as the spread, where the difference in an announced merger deal between the price announced at acquisition and the price at the close. And usually, merger-arb managers will invest long in the acquiree and at times short the acquirer to hedge the risk.

One of the things we really like about Arbitrage Fund is the expertise and tenure of the management team. Manager John Orrico founded Water Island Capital in 2000 and his two co-portfolio managers joined the firm in 2003, so they have a lot of experience.

Josh Charlson does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

Transparency is how we protect the integrity of our work and keep empowering investors to achieve their goals and dreams. And we have unwavering standards for how we keep that integrity intact, from our research and data to our policies on content and your personal data.

We’d like to share more about how we work and what drives our day-to-day business.

We sell different types of products and services to both investment professionals and individual investors. These products and services are usually sold through license agreements or subscriptions. Our investment management business generates asset-based fees, which are calculated as a percentage of assets under management. We also sell both admissions and sponsorship packages for our investment conferences and advertising on our websites and newsletters.

How we use your information depends on the product and service that you use and your relationship with us. We may use it to:

  • Verify your identity, personalize the content you receive, or create and administer your account.
  • Provide specific products and services to you, such as portfolio management or data aggregation.
  • Develop and improve features of our offerings.
  • Gear advertisements and other marketing efforts towards your interests.

To learn more about how we handle and protect your data, visit our privacy center.

Maintaining independence and editorial freedom is essential to our mission of empowering investor success. We provide a platform for our authors to report on investments fairly, accurately, and from the investor’s point of view. We also respect individual opinions––they represent the unvarnished thinking of our people and exacting analysis of our research processes. Our authors can publish views that we may or may not agree with, but they show their work, distinguish facts from opinions, and make sure their analysis is clear and in no way misleading or deceptive.

To further protect the integrity of our editorial content, we keep a strict separation between our sales teams and authors to remove any pressure or influence on our analyses and research.

Read our editorial policy to learn more about our process.