Why are many of Spicers funds AMP branded?

Author -  Richard Binner

When researching suitable investments for client portfolios it is important to look deeper than just the fund name, as often this reveals more important information about the brand.

Spicers believe that the financial strength and backing AMP provides is a valuable advantage to both Spicers and the firm’s clients, but guidance from independent global research company Mercer is paramount when selecting fund managers based on merit.

Spicers National Sales Manager, Richard Binner, says that it is especially important since the 2008 global financial crisis to understand the benefit and security of having your money invested by a strong and secure institution.

“We utilise AMP’s expertise where it fits our client needs, and on that note it also follows that AMP Capital has a great reputation for diversification. An example of this is the New Zealand Bond Income Fund which is managed completely by AMP Capital. They have in turn invested in a total of 36 separate securities,” says Richard.

On the point of multi manager funds and international funds, Spicers often don’t include the breadth of managers making investment decisions for the portfolio. This is a very important part of achieving good diversification. So while the name of the fund may say ‘AMP’ there is a lot ‘under the bonnet’.

For example, a portfolio with a multi-manager approach will still be listed as AMP Capital even though they may invest with the following well known fund management companies:

  • PIMCO Australia
  • AMP Capital – Wellington, Auckland and Australia
  • Colchester Global Investors – London
  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management – New York
  • Wellington Management – Boston
  • Cohen and Steers Inc. – New York
  • Vontobel Asset Management – Switzerland
  • Hexavest - Canada
  • Arrowstreet Capital - Boston
  • Orbis – Bermuda, Sydney
  • State Street Global Advisors – Boston
  • Mint Asset Management – Auckland
  • Milford - Auckland
  • Aberdeen- Australia, UK
  • Platinum – Australia

This level of diversification and access to some of the world’s leading fund managers is a very important part of the multi manage process, backed by significant research.

Finally, some of the New Zealand based and global companies that Spicers currently features in the Approved Product List (APL) include:

Fidelity, AMP Capital, Vontobel, Salt, One Path, Hexavest, Aberdeen Asset Management, Fisher, Schroder, Arrowstreet, Perennial Investment Partners, ANZ, Macquarie, Orbis, RARE Infrastructure Ltd, Nikko, Pimco, State Street, Blackrock, Devon, Goldman Sachs, Colchester, Wellington Int., Harbour, Platinum, Morgan Stanley and Cohen & Steers.

For more information on how our APL is put together.

Why are many of Spicers funds AMP branded?

When researching suitable investments for client portfolios it is important to look deeper than just the fund name, as often this reveals more important information about the brand.

When researching suitable investments for client portfolios it is important to look deeper than just the fund name, as often this reveals more important information about the brand.

Spicers believe that the financial strength and backing AMP provides is a valuable advantage to both Spicers and the firm’s clients, but guidance from independent global research company Mercer is paramount when selecting fund managers based on merit.

Spicers National Sales Manager, Richard Binner, says that it is especially important since the 2008 global financial crisis to understand the benefit and security of having your money invested by a strong and secure institution.

“We utilise AMP’s expertise where it fits our client needs, and on that note it also follows that AMP Capital has a great reputation for diversification. An example of this is the New Zealand Bond Income Fund which is managed completely by AMP Capital. They have in turn invested in a total of 36 separate securities,” says Richard.

On the point of multi manager funds and international funds, Spicers often don’t include the breadth of managers making investment decisions for the portfolio. This is a very important part of achieving good diversification. So while the name of the fund may say ‘AMP’ there is a lot ‘under the bonnet’.

For example, a portfolio with a multi-manager approach will still be listed as AMP Capital even though they may invest with the following well known fund management companies:

  • PIMCO Australia
  • AMP Capital – Wellington, Auckland and Australia
  • Colchester Global Investors – London
  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management – New York
  • Wellington Management – Boston
  • Cohen and Steers Inc. – New York
  • Vontobel Asset Management – Switzerland
  • Hexavest - Canada
  • Arrowstreet Capital - Boston
  • Orbis – Bermuda, Sydney
  • State Street Global Advisors – Boston
  • Mint Asset Management – Auckland
  • Milford - Auckland
  • Aberdeen- Australia, UK
  • Platinum – Australia

This level of diversification and access to some of the world’s leading fund managers is a very important part of the multi manage process, backed by significant research.

Finally, some of the New Zealand based and global companies that Spicers currently features in the Approved Product List (APL) include:

Fidelity, AMP Capital, Vontobel, Salt, One Path, Hexavest, Aberdeen Asset Management, Fisher, Schroder, Arrowstreet, Perennial Investment Partners, ANZ, Macquarie, Orbis, RARE Infrastructure Ltd, Nikko, Pimco, State Street, Blackrock, Devon, Goldman Sachs, Colchester, Wellington Int., Harbour, Platinum, Morgan Stanley and Cohen & Steers.

For more information on how our APL is put together.

Why are many of Spicers funds AMP branded?
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