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Alternatives’ aim for Schroders

Schroders managing director of UK retail Robin Stoakley says further additions to the firm’s products are likely to be in the alternatives sector.

The company has built a strong alternatives’ range in recent years with the launch of agriculture, commodities and global energy which have all brought big inflows.

Schroders hard-closed its Luxemburg-based agriculture fund in February, having taken over £1bn after the announcement of its soft closure the previous month. The fund, which uses futures contracts, now stands at £3bn.

The firm’s SAS commodities fund and SISF global energy fund have taken in £1.55bn and £390m respectively.

Stoakley says: “Nothing is concrete but the move of alternatives into the mainstream marketplace has happened and returns have seen investor demand swell for these types of products and if a new opportunity arises it goes without saying that we will be very interested.”

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