Schroder Investment Management

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Schroder Investment Management - Snapshot:

  • ILS manager or company name: Schroder Investment Management
  • Location (HQ / Domicile): London
  • Date of launch: Jun 2008
  • Assets under management *: $1.9 billion (As at 31st December 2015)
  • Website link: Schroder Investment Management website

Schroder Investment Management - Details

Company profile:

At Schroders, asset management is our only business and our goals are completely aligned with those of our clients – the creation of long-term value to assist them in meeting their future financial requirements.

We manage USD 446.5 billion (as at 30 September 2015) on behalf of institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth clients from around the world, invested in a broad range of active strategies across equities, fixed income, multi-asset, alternatives and real estate.

We employ over 3,700 talented people worldwide operating from 37 offices in 27 different countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, close to the markets in which we invest and close to our clients.

Schroders has developed under stable ownership for over 200 years and long-term thinking governs our approach to investing, building client relationships and growing our business.

Team size and structure:
Dirk Lohmann - Head of ILS, Daniel Ineichen - Head of ILS investment, Raffaele dell'Amore - Deputy PM, Christian Bleitzhofer - PM Assistant, Jiven Gill - Analyst, Tim van Duren - Product Manager, Jonathan Hayward - Product Executive, Flavio Matter - Head of Nat Cat, Ian Nunez - Head of Nat Cat Modelling, Christophe Etienne - Nat Cat Specialist, Scott Mitchell - Head of Life, Gareth Snaith - Senior Actuary, Tibor Winkler - Senior Structuring Manager, Christophe Hummel - Head of non-life, Miriam Dossena - Senior Actuary, Simon Parten - Actuarial Analyst, Jutta Kath - Head non-life U/W Management, Nina Nikolova - U/W Specialist, Katja Trachsler - U/W Assistant, Michele Welker - Executive & U/W Assistant, Lars Kuehne & Jaime Arevalo - Risk Management, Urs Reiter & Matthias Winzeler - Trading, Danilo Deceglie & Meri Koskela - Investment Support
Number of strategies (how many funds, sidecars or strategies):

5 pooled funds, 3 segregated accounts, 1 subadvisory mandate.

Offers private managed accounts?

Yes

Other offices or locations:

The ILS team are based in our Zurich office, but we work together closely with various teams in our London and Luxembourg offices. Schroders operates on a global scale with 37 offices in 27 countries.

Strategy:

We differentiate ourselves by our focus and expertise in other areas ‘beyond’ cat bonds which will only be a part of our strategy. The wide range and coverage of all possible instruments that have insurance risk embedded, provides investors with a more diversified, superior performance than what would be achieved in the catastrophe risk market only.

With our investment philosophy that approaches the market with a reinsurance mind-set and an active stance towards portfolio management, we put emphasis on mitigating drawdown risks and controlling the tail of the distribution.

Schroder GAIA Cat Bond

The fund will invest in insurance-linked securities, mainly in catastrophe bonds. The fund will focus on the insurance risk of natural catastrophes such as hurricanes and earthquakes affecting regions such as Western Europe, Japan and the USA where people generally buy insurance.

The fund will diversify its investments by peril (e.g. wind, earthquake), geography and season (some risks vary with the time of year) but will have a bias toward hurricane and earthquake risks in the USA, which form the greater part of the cat bond market.

The fund aims to make investments which do not depend for their value on the economic cycle; they depend instead on the occurrence and severity of natural events. Derivatives are currently used for currency hedging only, although we have the flexibility to use interest rate futures if needed to ensure that interest rate sensitivity remains very low.

Type of investment strategy (fund, sidecar etc):

Cat Bond Strategy

Launch date:

May, 2011

Latest AuM:

$749 million

Underlying asset types:

97% invested, 3% cash

Target return:

3m Libor + 6% p.a. net of fees

Annualised return:

Annualised return 6.90% p.a. from 31-7-2011 to 31-10-2014. Performance for I USD share class gross of management fee.

Best monthly return:

1.7%

Return since inception:

24.25%

Percent positive months:

94.7%

2013 return:

7.15%

2012 return:

8.30%

SIF Core Insurance Linked Securities

To provide a total return primarily through investment in a diversified portfolio of insurance linked securities, which provide exposure to on-life insurance risks. The Sub-Fund will invest in instruments that are exposed to high-severity, low-probability catastrophe risks.

These instruments will mainly be catastrophe bonds, insurance-linked notes, investments in collateralised reinsurance contracts or over-the-counter financial derivatives with (re)insurance risk instruments as the underlying assets. Cash and cash-equivalent instruments will be used to manage liquidity in the Sub-Fund to meet redemptions.
Financial derivative instruments, including, but not limited to futures, forwards and swaps may also be used to hedge insurance, interest and currency risk.

Type of investment strategy (fund, sidecar etc):

Broad catastrophe strategy, investing both in cat bonds and coll re

Launch date:

September, 2013

Latest AuM:

$285.3 million

Underlying asset types:

99.4% invested, 0.6% cash

Target return:

3m Libor + 6-9% p.a. net of fees

Annualised return:

Annualised return 8.33% from 30-9-2013 to 1-11-2014 for I USD share class gross of fees

Best monthly return:

1.0%

Return since inception:

9.03% from 30-9-2013 to 1-11-2014 for I USD share class gross of fees

Percent positive months:

100%

Secquaero ILS Fund Ltd

The Secquaero ILS Fund aims to achieve absolute returns through investing (via its Master Fund) in a broadly diversified portfolio of assets that carry exposure to insurance risks, particularly, insurance linked securities (ILS).

The fund thereby seeks to generate its returns with a low correlation to traditional assets, such as fixed income securities or equities, as well as non-traditional investments.

The fund intends to build a bias towards portfolio based securitizations where frequency and not severity is the value driver, though it will also invest into high severity/low frequency perils (e.g. catastrophe bonds). Life risk related investments will play a significant role in the portfolio.
The portfolio will be actively managed and can make use of financial leverage. The fund is not an insurance company and risks are only assumed indirectly.

Type of investment strategy (fund, sidecar etc):

All-ILS strategy

Launch date:

May, 2008

Latest AuM:

$131.2 million

Underlying asset types:

109.0%

Target return:

3m Libor + 6-9% p.a. net of fees

Annualised return:

Annualised return 6.23% from 2-06-2008 to 31-10-2014. Performance for Basic USD share class net of 1.50% fee and 15% performance fee prior to 31-12- 2013

Best monthly return:

1.8%

Return since inception:

6.3%

Percent positive months:

93.8%

2013 return:

6.0%

2012 return:

6.2%

2011 return:

3.4%

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This document does not constitute an offer to anyone, or a solicitation by anyone, to subscribe for shares. Nothing in this document should be construed as advice and is therefore not a recommendation to buy or sell shares.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, prices may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

This document may not be distributed to any unauthorised persons.

The fund invests in securities that assume insurance-related risks. The occurrence of an insured event may lead to partial or full loss of the principal invested. Therefore the capital is not guaranteed and may decrease. Deposits with financial institutions may be subject to price fluctuation or default by the issuer.
Some of the amounts deposited may not be returned to the fund. Some investments denominated in a currency other than that of the share-class may not be hedged. The market movements between those currencies will impact the performance.

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This document is issued by Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG, Central 2 CH-8001 Zurich.




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