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.


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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