The great divide

Some mainstream asset managers are now launching structured credit funds, but debate rages as to how these firms can safely enter the market given the big losses from correlation trading that occurred earlier this year. Are the risks just too high? John Ferry reports


As you read this, Fortis Investments – the asset management company owned by Dutch-Belgian financial services group Fortis – will be celebrating the launch of an innovative new investment fund, which it hopes will give it an edge over its major competitors.

The fund has been marketed for the past few months under the name Matisse, while notes linked to the fund are now being traded under the name Fortis Investments Credit CPPI 1. The absolute return vehicle, which comes to market on December 7

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