Investec Asset Management announced the launch of a series of new strategies as part of the expanding range of options within its specialist fund suite to further support Investec Asset Management’s global footprint in both the institutional and advisor channel.
The Luxembourg-domiciled funds will add to the growing Global Strategy Fund range, Investec Asset Management’s internationally distributed fund range, registered in Luxembourg and 22 further countries. They will be aimed at international investors, discretionary buyers, fund of funds and institutional buyers on a global basis and will be distributed via selected networks. The three strategies are:
Investec GSF Emerging Market Debt Total Return Strategy
The Investec GSF Emerging Market Debt Total Return Strategy is a total-return, benchmark-agnostic strategy which further extends Investec Asset Management’s range of EM fixed income strategies. The strategy is managed by Antoon de Klerk and Andre Roux, backed by Investec Asset Management’s experienced team of investment specialists led by co-heads Peter Eerdmans and Werner Gey van Pittius. The strategy aims to provide benchmark-unconstrained exposure to a wide opportunity set within emerging market fixed income. It will focus on opportunities in local EMD, but also make allocations to hard and corporate EMD at times. The strategy aims to offer a lower volatility than the typical universe, taking an investment approach, which combines strong fundamental bottom-up analysis with top-down positioning.
Investec GSF Asia Local Currency Bond Strategy
Managed by Wilfred Wee and Peter Eerdmans, the Investec GSF AsiaLocal Currency Bond Strategy invests in a regionally diversified portfolio of Asia local currency sovereign and corporate bonds. Asia is home to the world’s largest developing bond markets, underpinned by robust regional economic growth and strong credit quality. This Strategy aims to capture a significant yield premium over developed market bonds with a typically shorter interest rate duration risk, and uses an investment process specifically designed for local currency emerging market debt.
Investec GSF Global Diversified Growth Fund
According to the asset manager, whilst investors need real returns in order to grow their wealth over the long term, current markets are making this search increasingly difficult given interest rates at historic lows, elevated inflation and short-term volatility in markets. The Investec GSF Global Diversified Growth Strategy aims to provide investors with attractive real returns, seeking to achieve US CPI +5% per annum over a long-term horizon with half the volatility of equities over a rolling five-year period. The Strategy launches following demand for a US-dollar centric version of the existing UK domiciled Investec Diversified Growth strategy and will also be managed by Philip Saunders and Michael Spinks, co-Heads of Investec Asset Management’s Multi-Asset team, backed by Investec’s expert in-house investment capabilities. The Strategy makes dynamic allocations across a globally diverse range of asset classes grouped together into three baskets: Growth, Defensive and Uncorrelated.