ABN AMRO enters bond hedge fund arena

The firm is launching its first two fixed-income hedge funds this week.

ABN AMRO Asset Management is launching its first fixed-income hedge funds, targeting high-net worth individuals, private banks, funds of funds and institutional investors such as central banks in Asia and elsewhere.

The first products include a currency fund and a principal-guaranteed currency note, which are managed along identical lines, says Rob Andrew, London-based senior portfolio manager. He moved there last year after running Asian fixed income in Singapore.

Later this week the firm will also roadshow an emerging-markets longshort bond fund, managed by Rafael Kassim. A third fixed-income hedge fund is in the pipeline for this year.

Until now all of our products have been benchmark-orientated, says Andrew....

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