CheBanca! signs distribution agreement with RAM Active Investments

CheBanca! has announced it will include RAM Active Investments’ systematic strategies in its open platform widening its offering while fostering RAM’s access to retail distribution in Italy.

The distribution agreement allows CheBanca! to increase and diversify its offering, through 11 funds encompassing systematic equity long-only, liquid alternative strategies and discretional fixed-income strategies.

RAM’s investment strategy is based upon a bottom-up approach of stock selection, driven by fundamentals and applied in a systematic way. The firm’s strong conviction is that a disciplined approach to investments can take advantage from equity market’s inefficiencies in a continuative manner, now more than ever, since technology gives the chance to leverage on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to analyse an ever-growing number of data in a few seconds.

This systematic strategy underpins all the equity solutions of RAM, which gives investors the possibility to invest on the main markets with both long-only and long/short approaches.

Alessandro D’Agata, general director of CheBanca! said: “We continue to grow in the asset management industry, catching the new opportunities that systematic investments are opening on the market.

“Thanks to the collaboration with Mediobanca SGR, we work in a guided open architecture scheme, which enables us to build and manage efficient portfolios relative to different risk/reward profiles, inside of which RAM’s strategies could represent an interesting and distinctive element in order to pursue our clients’ investments goals.”

Thomas de Saint-Seine, CEO of RAM added: “The partnership with CheBanca! will foster our access to the retail distribution and opens a new phase for RAM in Italy. We have been working successfully with different institutional partners, fund selectors and fund managers for several years. Starting from today, the Italian market becomes even more important for our development plans. The assets’ growth that this will imply and the support of Mediobanca as a strategic partner will enable us to invest an even more consistent amount of resources in innovation and research, elements that are essential in order to be competitive in the systematic active management segment, especially in this context of growing importance of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.”

Some 69% of RAM Active Investments’ capital was acquired by Mediobanca in a strategic partnership reached last year.

RAM, a Swiss asset manager founded in 2007 in Geneva, currently manages around €4.2bn of assets.

Eugenia Jimenez
Eugenia Jiménez speaks Spanish and is Iberia Correspondent for Investment Europe covering Spain & Portugal, as well as assisting with coverage of Italy. She holds a UK NCTJ- accredited Multimedia News Reporting course and studied Journalism at the University of Sevilla. She has worked for local media organisations in Sevilla and Málaga, mainly in broadcasting as a news reporter, among other roles. She has also worked for a local newspaper in Sevilla, reporting on current affairs, local government and culture.

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