Exclusive: Belgian boutique to launch global bond fund

Antwerp-based asset manager Econopolis is set to launch a global bond fund during Spring, InvestmentEurope can reveal.

This will form the seventh fund run by the firm since its launch in 2009. The portfolio will hold 75 to 100 positions.

Speaking to InvestmentEurope, Maarten Geerdink (pictured), chief investment officer and partner at Econopolis, says the fund’s philosophy puts the accent on quality.

“We want to hold quality names with reasonable spreads. We need to be certain that we will be rewarded for the credit or currency risks we will take.

“The fund will cover the full fixed income spectrum. Allocation to high yield will be capped though. We will only take the currency risk when we have a strong currency view,” he explains, adding that environmental, social and governance criteria will be embedded in the investment process as for all other Econopolis funds.

The Belgian boutique has also launched an emerging market equity fund in December 2017 and considers the opening of an office in the United States.

Read more in the April 2018 edition of InvestmentEurope, available here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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