Pioneer launches multi-region short-term bond fund

Pioneer launches multi-region short-term bond fund

Pioneer Investments has launched the Optimal Yield Short-Term strategy, a new multi-region flexible fixed income fund.

The fund, managed by Colm D’Rosario, lead portfolio manager, and Paolo Pennati, portfolio manager, uses its flexibility to aim to invest in fixed income investment opportunities across regions, sectors and credit ratings. The fund aims to optimise yield by investing in a “flexible and unconstrained manner” subject to the maximum duration constraint of three years.

In a statement announcing the launch Pioneer said that the fund employs a multi-tier investment process and seeks to add value through multiple sources including asset allocation, security selection and “tactical overlays”. The risk profile of the strategy can be adapted to suit both the economic cycle and future market conditions, the company said.

“In a low/negative yield environment, we believe that investors need to take a fresh approach as to how they generate income and seek investment opportunities,” said Mauro Ratto, head of Emerging Markets.

“A flexible unconstrained approach can offer greater potential to generate income by investing in the most attractive short duration opportunities irrespective of geography, sector or credit rating.

‘Less volatile’

“Furthermore, investment in short duration securities can offer a less volatile investment, reducing the likelihood of capital impairment from a rising rate environment,” Ratto said.

Pioneer became part of Amundi after a protracted courtship, as reported, in December last year when its previous owner, Italian banking giant UniCredit sold then investment company for €3.54bn.

As part of the transaction, UniCredit and Amundi announced that it will form a strategic partnership for the distribution of asset management products underpinned by a 10-year distribution agreement for Italy, Germany and Austria.