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Skandia Healthcare Fund launches on SIS platform


Skandia Investment Group (SIG), part of Old Mutual Wealth Management, has launched its Healthcare Fund on the Skandia Investment Solutions (SIS) platform.

SIG has added the Dublin domiciled Skandia Healthcare Fund to the platform to cater for what it believes will be increased demand for healthcare funds from advisers following the recent resignation of Deane Donnigan from the AXA Framlington Health fund – traditionally the biggest asset taker in the healthcare sector in the UK

More generally, demand for healthcare funds has been generated by the predicted growth opportunities within the sector. This trend has been reinforced by forecasts that there will be an increase in healthcare spending from the growing Emerging Markets mass affluent classes.
The Skandia Healthcare fund, which is A rated by OBSR, is sub advised by Sam Isaly, lead portfolio manager at OrbiMed Capital LLC (Orbimed) – the world’s largest specialist healthcare and life sciences investment firm.
OrbiMed has an investment team of over 40 experienced professionals who have an unmatched combination of medical and scientific investment knowledge, giving them a competitive advantage in this sector.
The Skandia Healthcare Fund seeks to achieve asset growth through investment in a well-diversified portfolio of equities or equity-related securities of companies that operate in the biotechnology, healthcare, medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors worldwide. This makes the Skandia Healthcare Fund an ideal home for investors who are seeking to gain exposure to the enormous global opportunities that are predicted within the healthcare sector.
Rob Williams (pictured), chief sales and marketing officer at SIG, says: “With valuations of the healthcare sector at generational lows and the healthcare sector predicted to grow substantially over the coming decade, we have seen increasing interest and demand for healthcare funds from advisers. The addition of the Skandia Healthcare Fund to the platform sees us responding to this demand so that advisers and investors can access the vast opportunities that sit within this sector.”

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