Distribution: The silver bullet?
Mon Sep 12, 2011
In the first of a two-part series, Joy Dunbar, editor of Absolute UCITS, examines the outlook for absolute return UCITS with independent financial advisers and boutique asset managers.
When UCITS funds first became popular, they were often seen
as a panacea. Some asset managers thought that the UCITS brand
was so strong that when they put their strategy into the
wrapper money would automatically flow into the structure.
However, the reality of pulling assets into the UCITS structure
has been more challenging - especially for traditional offshore
investment managers who are dealing with large numbers of
retail investors for the first time.
Paul Stanfield from FEIFA
Many of the investment strategies currently available in the
absolute return UCITS wrapper have been available to investors
who have had access to funds domiciled on offshore locations
for many years, points out Paul Stanfield, chief executive of
the Federation of European Independent Financial Advisers - a
trade association for English speaking IFA firms.
He says: "Some UK investors do not get access to these
(absolute return) investment strategies because of the...
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