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10 new funds stole the spotlight in Q1

Several new funds were launched during the first quarter. Here are the 10 most popular on Citywire Asia.

1. UBS launches new fund for HNWIs

UBS Asset Management launched its first onshore RMB Luxembourg Ucits fund in March, giving high-net-worth investors direct access to the Chinese bond market.

The new fund – UBS (Lux) Bond SICAV China Fixed Income (RMB) – invests in onshore CNY-denominated fixed income instruments.

Ashley Perrott, who is the head of Pan Asia fixed income at UBS, is the lead portfolio manager for the new fund. Read more

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1. UBS launches new fund for HNWIs

UBS Asset Management launched its first onshore RMB Luxembourg Ucits fund in March, giving high-net-worth investors direct access to the Chinese bond market.

The new fund – UBS (Lux) Bond SICAV China Fixed Income (RMB) – invests in onshore CNY-denominated fixed income instruments.

Ashley Perrott, who is the head of Pan Asia fixed income at UBS, is the lead portfolio manager for the new fund. Read more

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2. Value Partners to launch fixed income fund

Value Partners said it will launch a new fixed income fund in the first half of this year.

Called the Asian Total Return Bond, the new offering is targeted at accredited and professional investors in Singapore. It will invest approximately 50% in Asia high yield bonds, and about 50% in grade assets.

Value Partners launched its first fixed income fund focusing on Greater China high yield credit in 2012. Read more

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3. Fidelity unveils two new Chinese funds

This January Fidelity International’s wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) introduced two new private funds in China.

Catered to high-net-worth and institutional investors, this launch comes after the asset manager introduced its first fixed income fund last May.

Managed by the company’s Shanghai-based equities portfolio manager, Lynda Zhou, the fund invests in the Chinese A-share market. Read more

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4. BlackRock introduces SG high income fund

BlackRock launched a new high income fund in Singapore in February.

The BlackRock Global Funds (BGF) – Dynamic High Income fund is managed by Michael Fredericks, Justin Christofel and Alex Shingler of BlackRock’s multi-asset income investing team.

The fund invests in global real estate investment trusts, stocks, floating rate loans, and mortgage-backed securities. Read more

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5. Morgan Stanley in new China strategy

Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) launched the Luxembourg SICAV domiciled fund format of the MS INVF China A-shares fund in Janaury.

The open-ended fund was launched on the back of strong demand from private banks in Asia, as well as Latin America, and Europe. In Asia, the fund is available to high-net-worth investors. Read more

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6. HSBC's Asia-focused fixed income

Last month, HSBC Global Asset Management introduced the HSBC Global Investment Funds (GIF) Singapore Dollar Income Bond to high-net-worth investors in Singapore.

Managed by Hong Kong-based fixed income investment director Gregory Suen, the fund invests in sectors and countries across the region, HSBC said.

The is the second fund the asset manager released this year. Read more

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7. HK, SG get new Belt and Road bond

In March, Invesco launched a fixed income mutual fund that provides investors direct exposure to the Belt and Road (B&R) investment theme.

Launched by the Chinese government in 2013, the B&R initiative aims to promote the land and sea connectivity along Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa and their adjacent seas.

The new fund is a thematic portfolio and invests primarily in government bonds of developing countries and non-government bonds of both developed and developing countries. Read more

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8. UBS launches high yield bond

UBS Asset Management has launched the UBS (TW) Multi Income High Yield Bond fund, investing primarily in non-investment grade bonds with higher risk.

According to portfolio manager Pantheon Chung, the fund is not constrained by the global high yield bond index and can invest in multiple asset classes.

US high-yield bonds, USD-denominated emerging market bonds, and local currency-denominated emerging market bonds, for example. Read more

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9. Hong Kong AMs join force for new launch

In February, two asset managers in Hong Kong announced the launch of a qaunt fund for private banking clients and institutional investors in Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Managed by Ray Ko, portfolio manager at China CR, the Cayman-domiciled fund invests in liquid securities in multiple exchanges worldwide.

CR Wellington AI Fund SPC is a second fund launch for OPIM this year. In January, it introduced the Cayman-domiciled, Marinius fund. Read more

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10. HSBC introduces EM fund

HSBC Global Asset Management (AM) has launched a new fund in Hong Kong that invests mainly in global emerging market (EM) equities, bonds, and currencies.

The HSBC Global Investment Funds − Global Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Income is managed by portfolio manager, David McNay.

It combines HSBC’s emerging market equity and fixed income active management expertise in one single product. Read more

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