AllianceBernstein – AB – has thrown more weight behind its low volatility equity fund range with a dedicated Asia strategy, Citywire Selector has learned.
The AB SICAV I-Asia Low Volatility Equity Portfolio was formally launched on 31 October as a Luxembourg-domiciled vehicle.
A spokesperson for the firm confirmed the launch and said the fund complements AB’s existing suite of global and EM low volatility equity solutions. It also builds on client demand for capital growth with downside protection.
‘By relying on key metrics of quality, stability and price, our low volatility platform aims to identify companies with stable cash flows, good capital stewardship and/or lower sensitivity to the business cycle.
‘Our low volatility strategies are well suited to today’s uncertain environment and can help investors maintain conviction in equities through changing market conditions,’ the spokesperson added.
The AB SICAV –Low Volatility Equity is overseen by Chris Marx, Kent Hargis and Citywire + rated Sammy Suzuki. This fund was launched in 2012 and has more than $1 billion in assets under management, according to its September 2017 factsheet.