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Schroders appoints head of Australian fixed income

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MEDIA RELEASE: Schroders has promoted Stuart Dear to the role of Head of Australian Fixed Income effective 19 July 2021. Stuart will be based in Sydney and will continue to report to head of fixed income & multi-asset, Simon Doyle.

Stuart joined Schroders in October 2012 as fund manager, Australian fixed income, and was subsequently promoted to deputy head of fixed income (Australia) in April 2016. He has 20 years’ fixed income investment experience.

Simon Doyle said: “As deputy head of fixed income, Stuart has successfully led the rates and credit teams, adapting the investment process to a challenging interest rate and credit environment. Appointing Stuart as head of Australian fixed income is recognition of his skills as a fixed income investor, his commitment and of the team’s achievements in delivering strong results for clients.”

Schroders Australia CEO Sam Hallinan said: “Fixed income continues to play an important role in client portfolios, and it is pleasing to be able to promote internally from what is already a very well-respected team in the market. Talent development and promotion from within is a great sign of success.

“It’s clear that our industry is at a pivotal juncture. It is facing some tough and unique challenges with multi decade low rates, asset-owner consolidation, regulatory reform and net zero sustainability trends. While it is a given that a business as strong and successful as Schroders invests in its teams and capabilities to help our clients respond to these challenges, this is a people game, and I am really happy to see Stuart take the reins of such an important investment capability.”

The Schroder Fixed Income Fund has delivered strong performance over the past year, while also outperforming its benchmark over three and five years*, achieving top quartile performance over all these periods.

This aggregate performance experience has resulted in research rating upgrades in 2021 from both Zenith, which upgraded the Fund to ‘Recommended’, and the Morningstar Analyst Rating™, which upgraded the Fund’s Wholesale Class to ‘Silver’ as of 18 February 2021^. The Fund is already ‘Recommended’ by Lonsec.

Schroders’ Fixed Income team currently manages $6bn of AUM.

*Performance relates to the Schroder Fixed Income Fund (Wholesale class) as at 30/6/2021 after fees.

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