Architas targets fund at UK wholesale, institutional investors

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Architas Multi-Manager Limited, part of AXA, has launched the Diversified Real Assets Fund, its first product targeting the UK wholesale and institutional market.

The fund will be managed by Architas CIO Caspar Rock (pictured), with support from analysts Harry Darke and Solomon Nevins.

The strategy will look to provide investors with exposure to real assets, and provide return that is lowly correlated to equities and bonds. The portfolio will include infrastructure, loans, commodities, forestry and specialist property, and will target its weighting to assets with return linked to inflation directly or indirectly through links to short term interest rates.

Caspar Rock said: “The attraction of real assets has been increasing at a time when equity yields have fallen and bond prices look vulnerable to potential interest rate rises. The traditional negative correlation between equities and bonds has also failed to protect investors during recent market stresses and the inclusion of real assets has increasingly been seen as a way to provide an element of protection within traditional portfolios.”

Cedric Bucher, head of business development, said the new fund takes advantage of existing experience managing alternative assets, and that demand for products such as the Diversified Real Assets Fund has been noted among investors such as pension funds, charities, insurers, discretionary fund managers and private banks.

 

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