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JPM assigns veteran to EM divi equity fund line-up

JPM assigns veteran to EM divi equity fund line-up

JP Morgan Asset Management has assigned Citywire + rated Jeffrey Roskell to the portfolio management team overseeing its dividend-focused emerging market fund, Citywire Selector has learned.

Roskell replaced Richard Titherington, who is CIO for emerging markets and Asia Pacific at JP Morgan, as back-up manager on the $236 million JPM Emerging Markets Dividend fund at the start of July.

The move comes in the wake of Titherington moving to Hong Kong, which took place in August 2015, as a means to unite the asset manager’s emerging markets and Pacific regional groups under his leadership. 

Omar Negyal continues as lead manager on the fund with Citywire A-rated Amit Mehta, who was assigned following Titherington's relocaiton, providing additional support.

A spokesperson for the asset manager confirmed there would be no changes to the investment process and said the managers will continue to focus on identifying the best combination of income plus growth across emerging markets.

Roskell currently runs the JPMorgan Asia Equity Dividend fund with Julie Ho, which he has managed since June 2013. The fund is aimed at investors based in Hong Kong.

The JPM Emerging Markets Dividend A Acc USD fund lost 5.9% in US dollar terms over the three years to the end of July 2016. This compares to a rise of 0.2% by its Citywire-assigned benchmark, the MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) TR USD, over the same timeframe.

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