Architas unveils three multi-asset funds

Architas, the multi-manager arm of AXA, has launched three multi-asset funds of funds investing in passive strategies for Steve Allen, an investment analyst at the firm.

The Dynamic, Growth and Reserve Multi Asset Passive funds will have total expense ratios capped at 1.3% and will invest in a range of tracker funds, chosen by the firm’s investment team.

The latest launch complements Architas’ range of risk-rated multi-asset funds, joining the Adventurous, Balanced and Cautious products.

The funds’ asset allocation weightings between bonds, equities and property will be decided by financial modelling firm eValue FE.

Caspar Rock, chief investment officer at Architas, said: “Many investors find passive funds easier to understand because they can be easier to research and monitor than actively managed funds; they have been popularised because of their simplicity and transparency.

“Tracking several indices means you are not relying on the performance of a single index, and this can provide distinct diversification benefits.”

Rock added the new funds were a logical way to invest passively. “We are seeing demand from investors across all risk profiles looking to strike a balance between active funds and cash deposits,” he said.

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