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Schroders launches total return commodity fund


Today, Schroders has announced the launch of Schroder Alternative Solutions Commodity Total Return [1]. The new fund will offer commodities exposure with a flexible approach, allowing the team to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities, as well as limit downside risk.

The fund will invest in energy, agriculture and metals sectors worldwide and will adopt a highly flexible strategy which includes the ability to take short positions and the use of leverage.

The fund will be managed by Schroders’ commodities team, led by Geoff Blanning.  Schroders has strengthened its investment resources in commodities in the past two years with the hiring of a Metals Fund Manager, a dedicated Commodity Quantitative Analyst and the inclusion of two highly experienced Global Energy Fund Managers from the broader investment group.

Geoff Blanning, Head of Commodities at Schroders said:

“Schroder Alternative Solutions Commodity Total Return will provide a flexible and low risk option to those investors who wish to re-establish their commodity market exposure following nearly 5 years of relentless price declines, as well as to those investors looking to participate in commodity markets for the first time. The fund will also appeal to those investors seeking liquid alternative investments run by an experienced and specialist investment team.“

John Troiano, Global Head of Institutional, said:

“Commodities as an asset class has had a difficult few years; however, there are encouraging signs that the fundamentals are now turning positive. The new fund is designed for investors who wish to participate in commodity markets to protect against the risk of inflation and invest in a potentially high return strategy, but who also wish to avoid the high downside risk inherent in a fully-invested approach.”

Schroders has a strong reputation as an active commodity manager, with a 10 year track record in actively managing a broad range of commodity funds for clients across the world.”

The fund is not yet registered for distribution in any jurisdictions. Subject to regulatory approval, Schroders plans to make it available to professional investors in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK; for public distribution in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore; and to qualified investors in Switzerland.


For further information, please contact:

Lucy Cotter                                           Tel: +44 (0)20 7658 3365/

Sarah Deutscher                                    Tel: +44 (0)20 7658 6139/

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[1] The fund was launched on the 20 April 2016

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