ETF provider Source appoints head of Investment Content

Source, a provider of European exchange traded products, has picked Nicolas Samaran as head of Investment Content.

He will have responsibility for the search and selection for new and innovative investment content from external providers and report to Peter Thompson, head of Distribution and Strategy.

Source offers partnerships with ‘best-of-breed’ asset managers and solution providers, including Man GLG, PIMCO, Legal & General IM (LGIM), Nomura and J.P. Morgan. The ETFs offered through these partnerships include products providing exposure to volatility, fixed income, broad-based commodities and smart beta outperformance.

The firm said content developers are encouraged to approach it with new investment strategies. Samaran (pictured) will identify differentiated content, and weave it into Source’s existing product range.

He joins from Man Investments where he was a senior member of the product structuring and financing group in Switzerland. Previously, he was an executive director in the fund derivative structuring group at UBS Investment Bank in London. He started as a fund derivative trader, and also worked at Commerzbank Securities in London.

Source’s AUM at the end of September stood at $11.5bn, following particularly strong inflows in 2012. The firm said Q3 saw robust growth as equity and commodity products continued to gather assets, and investor interest in volatility and fixed income investment solutions grew.

Within the European ETP industry, Source has captured net new assets of over $3bn year to date, boosted by new products in alternative, fixed income and commodity asset classes.

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