News in brief w/c 12 November

BlackRock’s iShares ETF platform has launched its Capital Euro Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged (IRCP) fund, the first ETF with physical corporate bond exposure and mitigated interest rate risk in a single fund. Past performance of European corporate bonds has been strong, illustrated by the Barclays Euro Corporate Bond Index increasing 19.2 per cent in the past three years. This, however, can broadly be attributed to the performance of German government bonds, which make up approximately 14 per cent of the return, which represents the interest rate risk component of this index.

AXA Investment Managers has launched its AXA World Funds Global Flex 50 and Global Flex 100, two complimentary multi-asset funds with different investor risk appetites. Both funds emphasise diversification and flexibility in equity market upsides as well as downsides.

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