Fidelity has launched a European real return fund for veteran investor Alexander Scurlock, Citywire Global can reveal.
In his new capacity, the European equity veteran was charged with developing mixed asset portfolios for the investment firm.
This has led to the launch of the Fidelity Alpha Funds SICAV – SharpeR Europe fund, which is a risk-focused fund able to invest across equity, bonds and financial derivatives.
Scurlock will adopt a bottom-up approach on the new Luxembourg-domiciled fund while seeking to generate real returns with a focus on Sharpe ratio.
It will have the capacity to invest on both the long and the short side, while not being constrained by stocks, sectors or geographic exposures.
The fund is designed to typically hold between 40 and 60 stocks depending on the investment climate. Scurlock will adopt a three-stage process to determine which companies to hold in the fund.
This will centre on determining how potential companies are prioritising cash flow, whether there is an instrument which meets the investment target and what is the best way to invest.
In documents seen by Citywire Global, Fidelity stressed it is not designed as an asset allocation fund and investments to asset classes will be purely determined by bottom-up ideas.
Scurlock has 24 years of experience investing in equity markets and will be supported on the fund by Michael Dolan, who has 17 years of experience in research and analysis in credit markets.
The fund is registered for sale in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore (restricted scheme for institutional investors only), Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.