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Fund Launch Roundup: Pioneer Investments, Ivy Funds and Nile Capital Management

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Three U.S. fund providers–Pioneer Investments, Ivy Funds and Nile Capital Management–recently announced new products.

Pioneer Investments added the Pioneer Multi-Asset Real Return Fund to its family of U.S. mutual funds on May 3. According to an announcement, the fund invests in a variety of global sectors and asset classes; these include Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS); both investment grade and high yield bonds; emerging market equity and bonds; U.S. equities; and select commodities.

The new fund’s investment goal is total return, the firm said in the statement. In addition, the funds seeks “real return,” defined as “a level of total return that exceeds the rate of inflation over a full market cycle,” typically lasting six to eight years and including a market peak and a trough.

“This fund is not just designed to protect against a spike in inflation, but also against persistent low levels of inflation that erode purchasing power over long periods,” Kenneth Taubes, one of three portfolio managers on the fund, said in the statement. “That’s why we think this fund could be a fourth component of a typical portfolio that includes stocks, bonds and cash, with this fund substituting for hard assets or a typical TIPS fund or other vehicles used as an inflation hedge.”

On May 3, Ivy Funds rolled out the Asset Strategy New Opportunities Fund. The new fund is a complement to the original Asset Strategy Fund, offering a “new go-anywhere, asset allocation product” that focuses on small and midcap companies in emerging and frontier markets around the world, the firm said in a statement. The flagship Asset Strategy Fund typically focuses on large-cap equities and in combination with the new fund may provide investors with broad global equity coverage, the statement said.

“The smaller cap range I’m covering in Asset Strategy New Opportunities Fund will lead to market sector weightings and country allocations which may not necessarily reflect those of the larger fund,” said portfolio manager Jonas Krumplys. “I’ll be pursuing similar global rebalancing themes, but will look at opportunities in additional geographies such as Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.”

As of March 31, the Ivy Funds had approximately $38 billion under management across 33 funds, the statement said.

Emerging and frontier markets will also be the theme of Nile Capital Management’s new Nile Pan Africa Fund, the firm announced on April 29. It said the fund offers investors an opportunity to participate Africa’s growth, as global demand for commodities has spurred development and investment in the continent’s vast natural resources. High-growth public companies are popping up all over as Africa’s economies grow, political stability deepens and standards of living continue to rise. “Africa’s 23 stock markets remain the least-researched sector in the emerging/frontier markets, and its stock market valuations are relatively attractive,” the statement said.

Larry Seruma, Nile Capital’s founder and chief investment officer, will manage the fund.

Michael S. Fischer ([email protected]) is a New York-based financial writer and editor and a frequent contributor to Wealth Manager.


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