Smart beta specialist Ossiam surpasses €1bn in assets under management

Nov 18th, 2013 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

Ossiam, a leading provider of smart beta exchange-traded funds, has announced that assets under management have surpassed €1 billion.

Smart beta specialist Ossiam surpasses €1bn in assets under management

As of 11 November 2013, global assets under management at Ossiam stood at €1,014 million. (File image)

The Paris-based firm, which is an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, said that as of November 11, 2013 assets under management stood at €1,014 million.

The figure comprises approximately €789 million in smart beta UCITS ETFs and approximately €225 million in institutional segregated accounts and dedicated funds.

Ossiam is on track to double assets under management this year, having started 2013 with €557 million under management.

Bruno Poulin, CEO of Ossiam, said: “We are delighted to have passed the significant €1 billion milestone. Achieving it confirms our leadership position in developing ‘smart beta’ investment funds for investors. It also demonstrates how we stand out from smart beta competitors with product development and our team’s skill set. Our approach is particularly well perceived by institutional investors, including pension funds, fund-of-fund managers, balanced fund managers and discretionary managers at private banks.”

In the sphere of ETFs, Ossiam has had particular success with its US, European and emerging markets minimum variance funds, which offer lower volatility equity market exposure, as well as an equal-weighted version of the Stoxx Europe 600. Assets under management within these ETFs have increased by 75%, 60%, 131% and 164% respectively, year to date.

In September, the firm grew its product range with the launch of an innovative commodities ETF, the Ossiam Risk Weighted Enhanced Commodity ex. Grains TR UCITS ETF (CRWU), which is intended to provide investors with systematic long-only exposure to a diversified basket of 20 commodities futures contracts (excluding grains) with reduced volatility. It was the first risk-weighted smart beta commodity ETF in the world.

Ossiam has ETFs listed on various exchanges across Europe including the NYSE Euronext Paris, Xetra, Borsa Italiana, SIX Swiss Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Within the UK, they are distributed and marketed through Natixis Global Asset Management.

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