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Guinness Asset Management funds launch on European platforms


Guinness Asset Management’s funds have now been made available on a further four European fund distribution platforms.

The new platforms are:
• UBS Fondcenter, Europe’s largest platform by assets under administration
• Allfunds, Europe’s second largest platform
• Swisscanto, the fund trading platform owned by the Cantonal Banks of Switzerland
• Credit Suisse Fund Lab, the interactive internet fund database of Credit Suisse and one of Europe’s largest fund platforms.
Guinness’s funds are already available in Europe on Fund Channel, Attrax, MFEX and Moventum.
Founder and chief investment officer Tim Guinness says: “We are delighted that a wider group of investors in Europe can now access our funds. It’s been very pleasing to see strong inflows into the funds this year driven primarily by the strength of their performance and we look forward to introducing them to more investors in Europe.”
The five funds available are from Guinness’s Dublin UCITS range and include two funds gaining particular interest from investors over the last year.
The Guinness Global Equity Income Fund is designed to provide investors with global exposure to dividend-paying companies. It is managed for income and capital growth and invests in profitable companies that have generated persistently high returns on capital over the last decade and that are well placed to pay a sustainable dividend into the future.
The fund has grown from USD25m in size at the start of 2013 to over USD100m today. Its book build share class (AMC: 0.25 per cent / OCF: 0.74 per cent) remains open to new investors until the fund reaches USD150m. Since launch in December 2010 the fund is up 42.89 per cent, 6.18 per cent ahead of the MSCI World Index (total return in US dollars). This puts it third out of 21 funds in its peer group within the IMA Global Equity Income Sector.
The Guinness Global Energy Fund gives investors exposure to global energy markets. It is managed for capital growth and invests in companies in the oil, natural gas, coal, alternative energy, nuclear and utilities sectors.
Investor appetite for the fund on the strength of renewed interest in energy equities and its performance versus its peers have prompted growth in its size from USD190m at the start of this year to over USD330m at the end of September.
The Guinness global energy team have delivered an average annualised return of 14.7 per cent since 1998, 5.0 per cent pa ahead of the MSCI World Energy Index as of 30/9/2014.
The other funds include Guinness Alternative Energy Fund, Guinness Global Money Managers Fund and Guinness China & Hong Kong Fund.
All of the funds have share classes denominated in Euros, Sterling and US Dollar.

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