Fund manager Schroders is to offer investors a systematic trend-following strategy that will invest in over 150 markets and across a range of assets, including equities, commodities, fixed income and foreign exchange.
The Schroder GAIA BlueTrend fund will be available on the GAIA platform in partnership with Systematica and it aims to generate returns of 10-15% a year after fees. Trend-following strategies use tactical asset allocation and a rules-based approach to follow market trends within risk-controlled limits and usually have a low correlation to traditional markets. The BlueTrend investment strategy will be managed by the Systematica investment team under CEO, Leda Braga. It has an established track record since its inception in 2004 with $8.4 billion under management and annualised returns of 11%, with an annualised volatility of 14%. Braga commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Schroders to offer investors access to the BlueTrend strategy. The BlueTrend investment team has over a decade’s experience in running a trend following strategy, while Schroders has an outstanding reputation in the fund management world for its long-term outlook and its understanding of clients’ needs.” Schroder GAIA director, Eric Bertrand, commented: “We are constantly on the lookout for high-quality hedge fund strategies to expand our GAIA platform offering. Systematica is a spin-off of the highly rated systematic trading centre in BlueCrest, and the BlueTrend strategy has delivered outstanding annualised returns since inception.”