Absolute return funds' performance has improved with over 70% of funds posting positive performance in 2012 and 2013, Fitch Ratings latest report revealed.04 Dec 2013
Threadneedle Investments is the latest global manager to launch a new multi-asset fund, joining the rush to profit from the booming demand for the asset class.18 Sep 2012
Like many of its competitors, Standard Life Investments has also seen an upsurge in demand for its multi-asset solutions. Its SICAV absolute return fund has seen significant inflows this summer.14 Sep 2012
Hamburg-based manager Aquila Capital has extended its €1.2bn risk parity fund range with a new portfolio as allocators increasingly consider volatility of assets, not just their returns, when buying funds.06 Aug 2012
Swiss asset manager GAM is to buy its absolute return peer Arkos Capital, in a deal the target's chief investment officer said would open up new distribution opportunities for the mid-sized boutique.28 Feb 2012
Martin Currie's China absolute return fund, one portfolio caught up in the sudden removal of former firm manager Chris Ruffle last year, is reopening to subscriptions after announcing extra capacity is available.01 Feb 2012
Investors in all but nine countries across greater Europe grew their assets in October as markets rebounded. But this did not stop investors in all but six of the region's nations pulling money back from funds.14 Dec 2011
Axa Investment Managers has introduced its AXA WF Optimal Absolute flexible fund into Germany and Austria, and plans to distribute it further throughout Europe to help investors achieve annual positive annual returns regardless of market direction.25 Nov 2011
At InvestmentEurope’s Frankfurt Forum in October, fund selectors sought managers who can limit or prevent losses near-term, but still prosper when capital markets finally calm.25 Oct 2011
Scepticism some European allocators feel about the ability of ‘absolute return’ funds to achieve their aims has been vindicated so far this month as almost eight in every 10 European funds in the sector lost money in the volatile first three weeks.26 Aug 2011
Investors must understand the ‘absolute return’ in the title of absolute return funds is a target rather than a promise by the manager, and allocators should prepare for occasional drawdowns, says Standard & Poor’s.27 Jul 2011
London’s Dalton Strategic Partnership has hired a senior manager from the proprietary trading group that Goldman Sachs disbanded recently, to run an Indian absolute return fund launching in September.26 Jul 2011
More than half of UK absolute return funds fail to beat inflation25 Jul 2011
Germany’s Sauren has launched its first balanced growth-economies fund of funds, providing an alternative to the growing number of multi-asset developing markets products run by just one manager.30 Jun 2011
Syme and Wimborne set for launch of second JOHCM emerging markets fund, JOHIM lowers entry for A class shares within portfolio fund, Pioneer merges absolute return equity fund into Lux funds umbrella, RWC’s convertibles Ucits reaches out to Asian appetite, Skyline uses MontLake platform for global Ucits, SGSS offers KIID production in all European languages.28 Jun 2011
Selectors are increasingly being asked to consider the merits of ‘smart beta’ on behalf of their clients, but opinion on its role in providing superior risk adjusted returns is not clear cut.
A selection of key moments caught on camera from InvestmentEurope's recent Fund Selector Bond Focus Italy, which took place in Milan on 4 March.
Helene Williamson, head of Emerging Market Debt at First State Investments, is set to contribute to the discussion at the upcoming Fund Selector Forum Sweden in Stockholm on 7 May.