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Ex-Templeton multi-asset CIO joins Canadian giant

Ex-Templeton multi-asset CIO joins Canadian giant

The former chief investment officer for multi-asset strategies at Franklin Templeton has joined Canadian investment group ATB Financial in a portfolio manager role.

Brent Smith initially launched his own investment boutique, called Azimuth Private Wealth Management, after his 2014 departure from the US-based asset manager.

However, Citywire Selector has now learned that Smith has assumed a portfolio manager role at ATB Financial, which oversee C$43.1 billion ($32.6 billion).

It is understood Smith will be the bank's first institution-focused portoflio manager. He formally joined the Alberta-based group at the start of February 2017.

It is also understood that Smith will not retain a role with Florida-based Azimuth upon taking the new post.

He co-founded Azimuth in 2015 with Alex Hug and ran multi-asset portfolios with a strong emphasis on risk-targeted strategies, using a quant-backed risk assessment process coupled with tailored investment approaches.

Smith spent 18 years in total with Franklin Templeton and had been the co-manager on two Luxembourg-domiciled funds. These were taken on by Matthias Hoppe and Tony Coffey following his departure.

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