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While multi-asset funds might offer a good solution for cautious clients, they take away control from professional investors. The multi-asset dilemma divides views among European fund selectors

Viewpoint Multi-asset funds

Multi-asset, or asset allocation funds, have been an investor favourite for years now. It’s probably a fair assessment that nearly all of the more than €300bn of net investments in multi-asset funds over the past three years stem from the retail sector. Multi-asset funds (or fundsof- funds) are an ideal vehicle for do-it-yourself investors looking for a simple, risk-managed investment solution that delivers a steady return.

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Nine years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we ask fund selectors which lessons they have learnt from the financial crisis and how it has changed their jobs. We also answer the question whether it makes sense for asset allocators to use multi-asset funds. Last but not least, there are profile interviews with Alessandro Viviani, fund analyst at Old Mutual Wealth in Milan, and Matt Shafer, head of global distribution at Natixis AM.
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