Global asset manager AllianceBernstein (AB) has partnered with Chi-X Australia (CXA) to make one of its leading funds available to Australian investors via the Chi-X Australia stock exchange.
The AB Managed Volatility Equities Fund—MVE Class (AMVE) joins a growing list of funds to commence trading on the Chi-X Australia platform amid strong demand for exchange traded products.
AllianceBernstein Australia Limited Chief Executive Officer Jen Driscoll said that AMVE had been designed for Australian investors who wanted actively-managed equity strategies with lower volatility. “We are excited to see AMVE now available to a wide range of investors on the Chi-X exchange. AB developed AMVE seven years ago in collaboration with a major Australian superannuation fund which wanted to give its members a smoother, but still rewarding, return profile in volatile markets. Our partnership with Chi-X is an opportunity to make this innovative and successful strategy more readily accessible,” she said.
“The launch of AMVE on Chi-X will give more equity investors, including pre-retirees and retirees, the potential benefits of an investment approach which aims to reduce exposure to market drawdowns while participating significantly in market recoveries.”
AMVE aims to achieve returns that exceed the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index after fees over the medium to long term. The Fund invests mainly in Australian listed shares, with up to 20% of its assets in global developed-market shares. It can also hold up to 20% in cash as a short-term defensive measure at times of heightened equity market volatility.
Since inception to the end of February 2021, the fund has delivered a total return after fees of 9.60% with lower volatility, compared to the 7.51% return for the S&P ASX 300 Index.
AllianceBernstein Managing Director, Australia Client Group, Ben Moore said: “AB’s focus on bringing together a wide range of insights, expertise and innovations has resulted, in AMVE’s case, in a strategy which has delivered lower volatility than the index and won multiple industry awards. We are pleased to be partnering with Chi-X to deliver AMVE to a broader investing public.”
Chief Executive Officer of Chi-X Australia, Vic Jokovic, said the search for more stable returns in an uncertain environment and continuing market volatility is stronger than ever.
“A challenging global investment landscape, including historically unusual policy settings and unforeseen events such as COVID-19, have added to the risks that Australian investors face,” Mr Jokovic said. “We are pleased to welcome AllianceBernstein and its AB Managed Volatility Equities Fund onto the Chi-X Australia exchange. This adds to a growing list of actively managed ETFs on our platform that aim to deliver greater diversity to the portfolios of Australian investors.”
The AB Managed Volatility Equities Fund is issued by AllianceBernstein Investment Management Australia Limited (ABIMAL). While ABIMAL will be responsible for market-making, Macquarie will act as ABIMAL’s agent for market-making services.
Chi-X Funds began trading on exchange in October 2019, enabling issuers to provide investors with access to managed funds together with the convenience of daily quotation and trading.