Omnis launches UK and Asia strategies

Omnis Investments is extending its UK and Asia offerings as part of a wide-reaching fund development programme.

Subject to FCA approval, two UK equity strategies, one investing across the whole of the UK market and another focused on UK smaller companies, are to be launched.

They will be managed by Franklin Templeton Investments, which Portfolio Adviser revealed took over running of the Omnis UK Equity Fund earlier this month as Schroders was booted out.

Omnis said despite having a team approach, there will be lead managers on both, with Colin Morton (pictured) running the all companies strategy and Richard Bullas heading up the smaller companies strategy.

In addition, Columbia Threadneedle Investments will manage two fixed income strategies, a UK gilt strategy headed by Dave Chappell, and a sterling corporate strategy run by Alasdair Ross.

Toni Meadows, chief investment officer at Omnis Investments, said: “This is an exciting next stage in the evolution of Omnis, with access to an excellent selection of fund managers.

“The development programme will see the Omnis sector range increasing this year, with additional launches planned in 2019.”

Meanwhile, an Asia Pacific ex-Japan equity strategy and Japanese equity strategy are also expected to be launched by the end of Q3 this year.

The Asia Pacific ex-Japan offering will be managed by Veritas Asset Management, run by London-based lead manager Ezra Sun and a team in Hong Kong.

The Japanese equity strategy will be managed by Schroder Investment Management and run by duo Andrew Rose and Masaki Taketsume.

Meadows added: “This will further expand fund choice, geographical coverage, and investment manager diversification, while ensuring that both our Omnis Managed Portfolio Service and the Graphene model portfolios are closely aligned to the Openwork attitude to risk framework.”

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