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Standard Life Investments wins EUR230m Swedish mandate

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Standard Life Investments has been appointed by Länsförsäkringar, Sweden’s only customer-owned and locally based banking and insurance group, to manage a EUR230m European corporate bond portfolio.

The assets will be managed within Standard Life Investments’ European Corporate Bond Fund Sicav. It is managed by Craig MacDonald, head of investment grade – corporate bonds, who has over 12 years’ experience in the asset class.

Launched in September 2003, the fund has produced top quartile performance over one, three and five years and since inception. It has also outperformed its benchmark, the iBoxx European Corporate Bond Index, over the same time periods.
 
The European Corporate Bond Fund Sicav draws on the insights of Standard Life Investments’ corporate bond team and benefits from the company’s own in-house credit matrix. It uses the company’s Focus on Change philosophy which enables opportunities to be identified that the market has not factored in.

Gustav Karner, finance director, Länsförsäkringar, says: “We use the very best credit managers in the world. In Europe we have appointed four managers, of which Standard Life Investments is one.”

Åsa Norrie, investment director – Scandinavia, Standard Life Investments, adds: "We are very pleased to have secured Länsförsäkringar as a client. This appointment comes after a rigorous selection process. It demonstrates the strength and reputation of our bond capability in the Nordic Region. I’m looking forward to working with Länsförsäkringar and building upon this important relationship."

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