Citywire Americas rounds-up some of the biggest news in the funds and Ucits investment universe as reported by Citywire’s global publications.
French asset manager Natixis Investment Managers spun off its quantitative division into an independent firm to capitalize on increasing demand for alternative strategies and new alpha sources.
With the move, the former subsidiary Seeyond will become an affiliate of Natixis. The quant shop is seeking to double its current 7 billion euros ($8.57 billion) in assets by 2021 and expand its global reach.
Seeyond’s approach combines human input with a quantitative investment process in three areas: equities, multi-asset and volatility and overlay.
BNY Mellon IM launched an emerging market debt total return fund for Citywire + rated manager Colm McDonagh.
The new fund, run through subsidiary group Insight Investment, can invest across countries and securities in sovereign, corporate and local currency debt.
BNY Mellon said it launched the fund to mitigate the cyclical nature of single-sector approaches to emerging market debt as investors move away from constrained strategies.
JP Morgan Asset Management hired a new ETF product head amid plans to boost that division of its business.
John Harrington was appointed as the firm’s head of beta and ETF product. He joined from Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for new product development and maintaining the existing ETF range.
His appointment comes as JP Morgan works to expand its ETF business, a move that also involved two hires on the European team.