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Amundi Releases Global Short-Term, Asia Income ESG Bond Funds

European asset manager Amundi has launched two new vehicles: the Global Short-Term Bond Fund, and the Asia Income ESG Bond Fund. The former will be an actively managed fund focused on short-dated fixed income and money market instruments, while the latter will invest across all Asian fixed-income segments, with a focus on both credit and local rates markets. Diversified across corporates and sovereign issuers, the Asia vehicle will target high income generation with an optimised risk return profile. It will actively invest in local and external debt using active currency management, and will employ a robust ESG framework to reduce financial risk while seeking sustainable investment opportunities. The fund is classified as Article 8 under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation, and will be managed by Joevin Teo, Head of Asian Fixed Income at Amundi. The Global Short-Term Bond Fund will be co-managed by Jacques Keller and Rajesh Puri both Portfolio Managers within Amundi’s Global Fixed Income management team. Also classified as Article 8, this vehicle will aim to achieve high ESG scores through sector exclusions and a “best-in-class” approach, with goals of putting together a diversified portfolio of investment grade short-dated bonds achieving a combination of income and capital growth for conservative investors. Amundi Fixed Income currently manages around €597 billion in assets. “We are delighted to offer this latest addition to the Alpha Fixed Income family of products, capitalising on our team’s successful investment process across market cycles,” said Grégoire Pesquès, Chief Investment Officer for Global Fixed Income and Head of Aggregate Strategies at Amundi. “With the yield on offer comparable to longer dated debt, now is an attractive time to invest in short-dated fixed income.”

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