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Schroders launches Small Cap Discovery Fund

Schroders today announced the launch of the Schroder Small Cap Discovery Fund which is focused on achieving capital growth by investing in smaller companies in the Emerging Market and Asia ex Japan regions.

The Fund will invest in 70-100 stocks and aim to generate strong risk-adjusted returns relative to the benchmark with lower than index volatility.

Sitting in the IMA Global Equities sector, the Fund will be managed by Matthew Dobbs who has over 30 years’ investment experience, over 25 of which have been covering Far Eastern markets. Matthew is currently Head of Global and International Small Cap Equities and manager of Pacific Equity portfolios including the Schroder Asian Alpha Plus Fund and the Asia Pacific and Oriental Income investment trusts.

Robin Stoakley, Managing Director of UK Intermediary at Schroders, said: “We’re very excited to be launching this ‘discovery’ fund which is complementary to investors who have exposure to smaller companies in developed markets. Small Cap Discovery is designed for investors seeking attractive new areas of growth and alpha generation – perfect for this current environment.”

Matthew Dobbs, Manager of the Schroder Small Cap Discovery Fund said: “Smaller companies in emerging markets and Asian regions are an increasingly attractive opportunity set, providing higher exposure to some of the most interesting themes such as consumer cyclicals, industrials and healthcare. The number of potential smaller companies in emerging markets has risen substantially over the last decade, deepening the investment universe and enhancing the opportunity set.”

The Fund can also invest in smaller companies that may be listed and/or domiciled outside Asia or emerging markets, but which derive a significant portion of their business or growth from those regions.

For further information, please contact: Estelle Bibby, PR Manager +44 (0)20 7658 3432/

Kat Sutton, PR Executive +44 (0)20 7658 2589/

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