|By PR Newswire||
|March 12, 2014 04:55 AM EDT||
TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Interest in emerging markets and global strategy mandates from European and UK investors is on the rise. AGF Investments Inc. (AGFI) announced that fiscal year to date, it had raised US$1 billion in these strategies including investment from UK-based Local Authority Pension Funds West Midlands and Lancashire County Pension Fund. These two government pension schemes manage in excess of US$24 billion in assets on behalf of municipal workers.
In December 2013, AGFI announced the launch of AGF Global Core Equity Fund and AGF Emerging Markets All Cap Equity Fund on the firm's UCITS platform, which allows these funds to be marketed within the countries of the European Union as well as Asia.
"We've seen strong interest in these mandates both through UCITS and on a segregated basis. In just a few months, we have seen significant flows from UK and European clients into both platforms," said Ciaran Henry, Director, Business Development, UK Region, AGF International Advisors Limited. The AGF UCITS platform has been approved for sale in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands, with additional approvals pending.
"The launch of a UCITS platform and the recent opening of a representative office in London allow us to better serve our growing UK client base while demonstrating our commitment to this market," said Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited. AGF's European presence dates back to the establishment of its Dublin office in 1991.
ABOUT AGF MANAGEMENT LIMITED
AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier independent investment management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF's products include a diversified family of award-winning mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. AGF also manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension plans, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. With over $36 billion (CAD) in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.
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