Architas saw net inflows of over €1bn in the first half of 2017, boosting assets under administration to €42.8bn.
The asset manager, part of Axa Group, has seen continued growth both across Europe and in the UK, with net inflows of £546m into the UK business.
Architas CEO Hans Georgeson attributed the growth to the risk-profiled funds in the UK and the success of the £216m Diversified Real Asset fund, which launched at the end of 2014 and where “demand is accelerating”.
“We continue to see strong growth in our business in the UK and across Europe,” Georgeson says. “UK growth is being fuelled by demand for our core UK risk profiled fund range which helps advisers meet the needs and risk appetites of their clients. A particular recent success is our Diversified Real Asset fund which has seen strong growth over the past 12 months as advisers look for alternative sources of returns from an asset class less correlated to traditional equity and bond markets.
Georgeson says the strong inflows suggest the significant investment into the UK business – including developing the fund offering and expanding the number of adviser clients – has been successful. Last month Architas launched the Global Equity Income fund.
“The Global Equity Income fund is designed to complement our existing income fund range, helping advisors to meet the rising demand for income, Georgeson says.”
He adds: “In Europe we continue to see strong flows from the Axa distribution networks across France, Belgium, Italy and Germany as investors move into investment funds to try and secure higher levels of return from their savings.”