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European Investment Funds Show Strong Start to 2010

European investment funds saw a strong start in 2010, with long-term funds enjoying a monthly level of net inflows unsurpassed in any single month of 2009, according to the Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet for January, published today by the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).
Low returns from money market funds and bank deposits, [...]

An ETF for exposure to China blue chips – iShares FTSE Xinhua China 25 (FXC)

The iShares FTSE Xinhua China 25 is an Ireland domiciled ETF that tracks the FTSE Xinhua China 25 index.
index consists 25 of the largest and most liquid Chinese stocks (Red Chips and H shares) listed and
trading on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK). The index is specifically designed for international
investors, combining the ease of [...]

An ETF to track global agribusiness – Powershares Global Agriculture (PSGA)

Invesco Powershares Global Agriculture is an ETF domiciled in Ireland with a principal listing on the London stockmarket. As of 17-Dec-09, the fund has delivered almost 70% performance year-to-date in US dollar terms.
The fund replicates the NASDAQ OMX Global Agriculture Index, which track the performance of the largest and most liquid companies engaged in agriculture [...]

An index-tracker for European high yield stocks

The investment objective of iShares DJ Euro STOXX Select Dividend is to provide investors with a total return, taking into account both capital and income returns, which reflects the return on the high dividend paying equity securities of the EMU.
iShares DJ Euro STOXX Select Dividend aims to track the Dow Jones EURO STOXX® Select Dividend [...]

Active versus Passive in European Property

A fund mentioned on Offshore Capitalist recently is the Insinger de Beaufort Real Estate Equity Fund which invests in the shares of European REITs and real estate companies.
The objective of the fund is to generate superior risk-adjusted returns, by reducing the volatility and protecting the downside using shorts and derivatives.  In other words, it’s not [...]

An emerging markets fund for Russia, India and China

From the factsheet:
FMG Rising 3 offers investors a unique access to Russia, India and China markets using the multimanager
concept. By investing with a mix of long-only and hedge fund managers, the Fund aims
to participate in the growth story for the next two decades whilst reducing the emerging market
Rising3 was the first country specific Russia, [...]

A monthly rebalanced commodities trading fund

The CFP Funds SAV Fund (Strategy & Volatility) is a blend of two different multi-manager commodity trading funds, one with relatively high volatility (IQS fund) and one with lower volatility (CFL).  By rebalancing the 25%/75% blend each month, the objective of the SAV Fund is to obtain optimised growth in respect of lower volatility compared [...]

A European multi-manager real estate fund

The Insinger de Beaufort Real Estate Equity Fund invests in the shares of European REITs and real estate companies.
The objective of the fund is to generate superior risk-adjusted returns, by reducing the volatility and protecting the downside using shorts and derivatives. Security selection is based on the expected total returns of different real estate securities [...]

Latest Fund Asset Statistics from EFAMA

Main Highlights in the Statistical Release from the European Fund and Asset Management Association
1. Investment fund assets worldwide increased 5.4 percent in the second quarter of 2009, to reach EUR 14.4 trillion at end June 2009. On a U.S. dollar-denominated basis, investment funds assets worldwide increased 12.0 percent in the [...]

IMA announces record year for investment sales

28 October 2009: Investment fund statistics – September 2009
The Investment Management Association (IMA) today releases its figures for the fund management industry for September 2009.
Key findings:

Record net retail sales – the total for the first nine months of 2009 is more than the total achieved in the whole of 2000, the highest annual sales [...]

A global balanced portfolio fund

AllianceBernstein Global Balanced Portfolio USD
The Portfolio seeks to achieve the highest total return consistent with the Investment Manager’s determination of reasonable risk. The strategy is designed for investors who seek a moderate tilt toward equity returns but also want risk diversification offered by debt securities and broad diversification of equity across styles, capitalization and geographic [...]

A dollar-denominated fund for global property

Henderson Horizon Global Property Equities Fund USD
The investment objective of the Global Property Equities Fund is to seek long term capital appreciation by investing in the quoted equity securities of companies or Real Estate Investment Trusts (or equivalents) listed or traded on a regulated market which derive the main part of their revenue from the [...]

A euro fund to invest in global property

Franklin Global Real Estate (EUR) Fund
The Fund’s investment objective is to maximise total investment return consisting of income and capital appreciation, by investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other companies whose principal business is real estate oriented. The Fund will seek to invest in companies across a wide range of real estate sectors [...]

A fund to invest in a basic human need: Food

DWS Global Agribusiness
“That’s not new, but our idea to invest along all parts of the agribusiness chain is unique. We are the first to look all the way from the farm to fork. The global agribusiness industry is one of the fastest growing market segments and the potential of this global megatrend is enormous.
“As the [...]

A Balanced Fund For Bonds and Global Equities

Fidelity Funds Growth and Income USD

A more conservative approach towards seeking high current income and capital growth primarily through investment in a combination of equities and bonds. This fund will appeal to investors seeking regular income and moderate capital growth but who prefer a lower level of risk than that normally associated with equity investment [...]

An Emerging Market Bond Fund

Threadneedle Emerging Market Bond Fund USD

The fund aims to achieve a total return primarily by way of income with some capital growth. The fund invests primarily in the assets of high yielding public sector sovereign and corporate bonds issued by emerging market borrowers, typically these countries are outside the OECD. The fund may also invest [...]

A Fund For Mining, Metals and Energy Natural Resources

JP Morgan Natural Resources (a UK OEIC) is a highly respected fund managed by Ian Henderson, with colleague Stuart Connell.  With an overall Morningstar 4-Star rating, the fund’s objective is long term growth by investing primarily of shares in companies throughout the world engaged in the production and marketing of commodities.
As at today’s date, the [...]

A fund to mirror the Guinness family wealth management

The Iveagh Wealth Fund is a multi-asset balanced managed fund from the team that manages the wealth of the Guinness dynasty.
“The Iveagh Wealth Fund replicates in unitised format the asset allocation service we provide for our family office clients, which include key members of the Guinness family.
“It targets a return of approx. 10% p.a. Iveagh’s sophisticated portfolio [...]

A fund to invest directly in Gold, Silver & Platinum

Castlestone Aliquot Precious Metals
“Aliquot Precious Metals gives investors direct exposure and entitled ownership of Gold Bullion, Silver and Platinum which is held by the Custodian (HSBC Bank USA) in London. Independently administered by Circle Investment Support Services, B.V. Precious Metals are a store of value. Their unique qualities allow them to perform an invaluable hedging [...]

A fund for BRIC equity

The fund aims to provide capital growth primarily through investment in equity securities of Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese companies.
Click for: Factsheet; source.  Morningstar performance (ISIN: LU0228659784)
via: Schroder ISF BRIC (Brazil Russia India China) A Acc – ptassetmgr – Schroders .

A fund with a focus on gold equity

Blackrock World Gold USD
The World Gold Fund seeks to maximise total return. The Fund invests globally at least 70% of its total assets in the equity securities of companies whose predominant economic activity is gold-mining. It may also invest in the equity securities of companies whose predominant economic activity is other precious metal or mineral [...]

A fund for trading world equity volatility

CAAM Funds Volatility World Equities USD
From the information sheet:
Over a minimum investment horizon of three years, CAAM Funds Volatility World Equities aims to achieve an annualised performance of 7% (before fees) within a framework of controlled risk.  To reach this objective, the management team sets up an exposure to volatility of the world equity markets: [...]

First State Greater China Growth gets ‘Elite’ qualitative rating from Morningstar

First State Greater China Growth sets the standard for others to follow, according to Morningstar.
There are multiple reasons why we hold this fund in such
high regard, not least its investment team. Lead manager
Martin Lau has a wealth of experience, and has managed
the Irish-domiciled version of the fund since 2002 and this
UK-domiciled offering since its late [...]

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