Multi-asset fund strategies catching on

MULTI – asset fund strategies appear to be riding high and fund managers expect demand to continue to be strong, thanks to a challenging investment environment.

In the retail space, multi-asset portfolios that aim to generate income have been launched to great success. In the institutional space, managers say clients are keen on mandates that aim for a target return in excess of a benchmark such as inflation or Sibor.

Recently Nikko Asset Management announced that it will base its global multi-asset capability in Singapore, where it will transfer the management of some US$24 billion in assets.

Schroder Investment Management has seen assets in multi-asset strategies in Asia more than double from US$6 billion three years ago, to US$14 billion at end-June. In the retail market, its Asian Income fund, which invests in equities and fixed income, currently has roughly S$1.1 billion in assets. It aims to distribute an annual income of 5 to 6 per cent.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014 EN

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