Fidelity adds five fund houses to open fund platform
03 December 2012
By Asia Asset Management
Fidelity Worldwide Investment has added five fund houses, AXA Investment Managers, Franklin Templeton Investments, Janus Capital Group, PIMCO and Robeco Group, to its open fund platform, FundsNetwork, which offers a range of funds managed by Fidelity and other global asset managers.
The move brings the total number of fund providers and funds offered by FundsNetwork to 11* and 337, respectively. Fidelity Wealth’s customers can compare and filter funds via their designated private client manager as well as on Fidelity’s web and mobile sites.
Bruno Lee, regional head of retail, Asia ex-Japan at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, said: “A comprehensive fund range is crucial as each client has different investment needs and a different risk appetite. After the addition of 42 funds, our FundsNetwork covers a wide range of asset classes which Fidelity Wealth’s customers can construct their investment portfolios around to adapt to different market cycles on one platform. We will continue to expand our network of fund partners to provide more choice to customers.
“Fidelity is a pioneer in fund distribution as we are the only asset manager in Hong Kong to offer third-party funds to retail investors. FundsNetwork was launched in Hong Kong in 2009 to meet the diverse investment needs of Hong Kong people. We are committed to providing investors with a wide array of fund choices beyond our own funds.”
According to figures from the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, the fund industry in Hong Kong has registered US$9,647 million in net sales during the first three-quarters of 2012, a 58% increase compared with the same period last year, signalling continued appetite for mutual fund products among Hong Kong investors.
“As one of the world’s largest asset managers, boasting a sizeable global investment team, our ability to tap our global resources and research capabilities puts us at an advantage and enables us to guide our customers on managing their investments amid volatile markets,” added Mr. Lee.
* The 11 fund houses include: AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Franklin Templeton Investments, Henderson Global Investors, Janus Capital Group, Martin Currie, PIMCO, Robeco Group, Schroders Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited and Skandia Investment Group
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