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Pictet launches absolute return bond fund, reports positive hedge fund returns for 2013

Friday, January 24, 2014

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Pictet Group, a Swiss private bank and wealth and asset manager headquarted in Geneva, is in full swing. Its asset management branch recently expanded its fixed income team and launched an absolute return fund. Its legal structure was changed. And its alternative fund management branch has just reported positive returns for 2013.

Launch of absolute return fixed income fund Pictet Asset Management, the asset management branch of the group, launched the Pictet Absolute Return Fixed Income fund on 12th December 2013. It is run by Andres Sanchez Balcazar, with the help of three other managers.

Sanchez Balcazar, who has managed fixed income portfolios for 15 years, told, that after 30 years of constant interest rate decrease, investors today need a flexible approach to investing in fixed income.

The portfolio will invest in developed and emerging markets, in all fixed income pockets, without the constraints of benchmarks. It will seek to take advantage of opportunities offered by interest rates, margins on yields and currencies – and protect itself from rising rates. The head fund manager added that the fund does not rely on economic outlook but identifies long-......................

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