One small fund group is moving against the trend of mutual fund companies to de-emphasize star portfolio managers.

The Forward Funds of San Francisco is hiring two prominent money managers in hopes of attracting attention and assets to the 17-month-old fund group. Shareholders are scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to have Elaine Garzarelli, the market analyst and money manager best known for predicting the 1987 stock market crash, serve as sub-adviser to the Forward Funds U.S. Equity Fund, according to a preliminary proxy statement the Forward Funds filed with the SEC Jan. 25.

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