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Vontobel bolsters bonds team with ex-Goldman Sach's hire

Vontobel bolsters bonds team with ex-Goldman Sach's hire

Swiss firm Vontobel Asset Management has continued its push into fixed income with the appointment of former Goldman Sachs cross-asset macro specialist Ludovic Colin.

The 15-year market veteran joins the investment firm as a portfolio manager and foreign exchange and interest rates macro specialist.

He will immediately begin working with Citywire AAA-rated Hervé Hanoune, who is also head of fixed income, on the Vontobel Funds – Global Aggregate Bond fund.

In his most recent post, Colin had been responsible for identifying macro themes, assessing the relative value between the asset classes, and identifying the best investment implementation.

Prior to that, Colin worked for Credit Agricole Asset Management, now Amundi, London, as a foreign exchange macro portfolio manager, where he was responsible for managing the Absolute Return FX strategy.

Commenting on the appointment, Hanoune said: ‘One of our strategic priorities is to grow our fixed-income offering by adding high-profile investment experts to the team. This is crucial to delivering strong performance over the long-term.’

Since his appointment from Amundi in June 2014, Hanoune has sought to strengthen Vontobel’s fixed income operations. This has included several high-profile fund manager appointments and new fund launches.

Notably, Valentina Chen was hired from Aviva Investors in September 2014 and Citywire AAA-rated Mondher Bettaieb was promoted to head of corporate bonds in the same month. The group also bought a majority stake in UK-based fixed income specialist TwentyFour Capital earlier this year.

The Vontobel Fund Global Aggregate Bond fund returned 5.9% in US dollar terms over the three years to the end of May 2015. This compares with a rise of 11.3% by its Citywire-assigned benchmark, the Barclays Global Aggregate USD Hedged TR, over the same period.

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