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July 14, 2020

Schroders launches six multi-asset funds

British fund manager Schroders has introduced six risk-aligned funds supporting active and passive investments.

The new multi-asset Schroder Portfolios are said to offer the “benefits of a model portfolio with the efficiencies of a unitised fund”.

They will offer exposure to various assets such as investment trusts and ETFs with access to alpha and beta.

The Schroders funds will be managed by Benchmark Capital CIO Alex Funk.

Schroders has a controlling interest in Benchmark, an advice business.

Asset allocation will be decided by Schroders, an investment committee chaired by Funk, and research from Rayner Spence and Mills Research (RSMR).

Funk noted: “The investment philosophy is built on the premise of deconstructing the total return formula into its simplest components – Alpha and Beta. By investing in these two components separately, we aim to achieve investors total return in a more efficient way.”

Funk added: “We aim to increase our passive holdings on an aggregate basis when the overall economy is moving into an expansion phase. We want to expose investors to the overall market momentum which is best captured through passive investments.

“Similarly, when the overall economy is set to enter a slowdown or recessionary phase, we want to increase our exposure to active managers to increase our downside protection.”

Earlier this month, Schroders teamed up with DBS to launch a new multi-asset fund called Schroder Asia More+, which aims to support retired investors in decumulating assets.

The new fund will offer exposure to several investment growth themes across the Asian market such as technology, consumption, logistics, and financial services.


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