Allianz GI launches alternatives group

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Allianz Global Investors has announced the launch of an alternative investments group, including the appointment of Spencer Rhodes to the new role of Alternative Investments Global Business Manager, in the wake of a doubling of assets under management in alternative investment strategies over the past year to €5.4bn.

The group will sit as the fourth ‘pillar’ of AGI’s global investment platform, alongside equities, fixed income and multi-asset.

Andreas Utermann, global CIO and co-head of Allianz Global Investors, said the group would include strategies such as equity long/short, merger arbitrage, options trading, commodities, volatility, global macro, absolute return bonds, private debt, infrastructure debt and infrastructure equity.

“In an environment of financial repression, characterised by much lower future expected returns from the beta element of all asset classes, these strategies can help investors capture alpha,” Utermann said.

Rhodes, who joined in July 2013 from Tradewinds Investment Management LP, added that some of these strategies were long-running, while others are newer.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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