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HSBC gives global range makeover for new year

HSBC Global Asset Management has reshuffled its global investment funds range, changing fund names, managers, objectives and fees.

At the start of next year, the firm will rename its euro core credit and global core credit bond funds to Euro credit and global credit.

The US dollar core plus bond fund will be renamed the US dollar bond fund and will adopt full Ucits III powers. This includes the ability to use derivatives, whose exposures will be calculated using value at risk.

The global core plus bond fund will be rebranded to global bond, the euro core bond fund to euro bond, the new world income fund to GEM debt total return, European equity alpha to European equity absolute return and GEM equity alpha to GEM equity absolute return.

The global high income bond fund will now be able to take foreign currency risk against the dollar, including emerging markets securities denominated in local currencies and derivatives.

The Brazil bond fund has removed a restriction on its maximum investments into Brazilian government debt, predominantly local currency bonds.

The UK and European equity funds have had their investment remits clarified. The remits cover all-cap stocks with a listing in the relevant regions or a large part of their business there.

HSBC’s in-house managers, fundamental specialist Halbis and quant house Sinopia, will also be fully integrated into HSBC GAM by the end of December after they rebranded in June.

The overall fees will decline by 10 basis points on the retail share classes. Overall fees on retail share classes for the euro high yield bond fund will decline 20 basis points but will rise 25 basis points on the global emerging markets bond fund for new investors.

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