Schroders managing director of UK intermediary business Robin Stoakley says the company is looking at launching a third income maximiser fund, with the US and Europe two potential targets.
Schroders currently has the £611m UK income maximiser, launched in November 2005, and its Asian maximiser is pending.
Head of structured fund management Thomas See manages the UK fund and is set to co-manage the Asian fund with Richard Sennitt. They target a 7 per cent yield through higher yielding stocks and a covered-call overlay.
Stoakley says the firm will soon have two income maximisers paying quarterly on different dates, meaning a third component filling in the gaps so that an investor could receive monthly income which would be “very attractive”.
Stoakley says: “Japan is an area where it is difficult to get equ-ity yield out, while emerging markets may offer equity yield but you would have trouble with the covered call strategy.
“This leaves you with a combination of continental Europe and the US, which offers attractive yield stocks and the ability to offer covered calls. We could also go down the sector-specific route, such as property securities. It is all a work in progress.”