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Fund Flash: UBS and Morgan Stanley launches / Ex-Pimco PM hire

Fund Flash: UBS and Morgan Stanley launches / Ex-Pimco PM hire

Citywire Americas rounds-up the biggest news in the funds and Ucits investment universe as reported by Citywire’s global publications.

UBS AM launches gender equality ETF

As more firms try to include diversity initiatives to drive equality in the workplace, UBS is offering investors the chance to make money off these businesses.

The firm bolstered its exchange-traded fund (ETF) offering with the launch of a gender equality-focused Ucits ETF.

The UBS (Irl) ETF plc – Global Gender Equality Ucits ETF is part of its growing suite of impact investment opportunities for clients.

The ETF will invest in the Solactive Equileap Global Gender Equality 100 Leaders index. The index tracks 100 leading global companies with a strong record in gender diversity and sustainability.

Morgan Stanley launches China A-shares fund

Morgan Stanley Investment Management launched a Luxembourg-domiciled version of its existing China A-shares strategy.

The MS INVF China A-shares fund was launched on December 29, 2017 and aims to capitalize on pricing anomalies and inefficiencies in the A-shares market.

Hong Kong-based portfolio manager Gary Cheung, who has a specific focus on China and China A-shares, will run the fund.

Ex-Pimco PM resurfaces at Texas firm

Pimco’s former head of dividend, Brad Kinkelaar, resurfaced in a portfolio manager role at Texas-based value investment shop Barrow Hanley.

Kinkelaar joined the Dallas, Texas-based company in the final quarter of 2017, which marked his return to fund management after having left Pimco in mid-2016.

Kinkelaar ended his near-five-year stint with California-based Pimco amid wider changes to the group, which included the entire dividend equity team departing.

In his new capacity, Kinkelaar is assigned to the firm’s global and non-US value strategies.  

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