The $12.8bn fund managed by Ian Heslop, Amadeo Alentorn and Mike Servent aims to deliver absolute returns that have a low correlation with equity and bond markets. The fund received a research figure of 30,844 in 2018, based on the number of times a fund features in a research report combined with the number of times its factsheet is viewed.
One factor for the large number of Merian fund searches could be the publicity last summer after the firm spun out of Old Mutual Global Investors which was headed by well-known fund manager Richard Buxton, who has subsequently stepped back from the CEO role to focus on fund management.
The plunge in major stock markets last year, and especially in the final quarter, is likely to have been a catalyst for some investors to seek refuge in an alchemy that could transform their ill-fortune.
The Merian fund couldn’t defy the downward trend in markets, and has returned -4.92% in US dollars for the full year to 10 January 2019, according to FE. It invests primarily in large cap stocks in developed markets, and has no specified index.
Other highly-viewed funds were mainly income-generating bond or equity dividend funds. Three M&G offerings – Optional Income, Global Dividend and Corporate Bond – made it in the top ten, while First State’s Global Listed Infrastructure Fund was the third most researched, reinforcing the theme of pursuing an alternative to the mainstream.
Top 50 Researched – Singapore Mutual Universe
|Global Equity Absolute Return|
|J670||M&G||Optimal Income||Fixed Int – Other Currency||27672||2|
|A6X2||First State||Global Listed Infrastructure||Equity – Other Specialist||24315||3|
|CCE0||M&G||Global Dividend||Equity – International||23559||4|
|FPZL||Allianz||Income and Growth||Mixed Asset – Cautious||21226||5|
|G26V||Templeton||Global Bond||Fixed Int – Global||20434||6|
|ABF5||M&G||Corporate Bond||Fixed Int – Other Currency||19868||7|
|FXTU||Allianz||Dynamic Asian High Yield Bond||Fixed Int – USD High Yield||18974||8|
|FI94||Fidelity||America||Equity – North America||18900||9|
|FT30||Templeton||Global Total Return||Fixed Int – Global||18435||10|