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Cohen & Steers and SEI Trust Company launch Real Assets Collective Investment Trust

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Cohen & Steers, an investment manager focused on liquid real assets, is to act as advisor to the Cohen & Steers Real Assets Multi-Strategy Fund, a new addition to a collective investment trust, or CIT, established by SEI Trust Company. 

SEI is a supplier of customised operating infrastructure and services to investment organisations worldwide.

CITs are a rapidly expanding component of defined benefit and defined contribution plans due to the vehicle's ability to accommodate flexible investment strategies, low-cost structure and daily valuation, among other benefits. The CIT is also an effective structure for satisfying growing interest in liquid real assets, with the Cohen & Steers Real Assets Multi-Strategy Fund leveraging Cohen & Steers' investment expertise in these asset classes.

The new CIT's core asset classes will include global real estate securities, commodity futures, natural resource equities and global listed infrastructure. The multi-strategy CIT is a cost-efficient investment vehicle for the institutional retirement plan market that will aid investors in achieving broader diversification, while providing the potential for attractive long-term returns and positive sensitivities to inflation.

"We are excited to partner with SEI to deliver a new vehicle that provides retirement plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries access to Cohen & Steers' deep investment management capabilities in the real assets space through SEI's industry-leading trustee and administrative services," says Todd Glickson, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Marketing & Product Solutions.

"Cohen & Steers' expertise in real assets coupled with SEI's fully scalable, flexible infrastructure is a winning combination for retirement investors," says John Alshefski (pictured), Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SEI's Investment Manager Services division. "SEI's integrated capabilities in CITs enables investment managers to grow and retain assets."

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