Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - SYZ

Geneva, Switzerland - True to its custom of offering the market high value-added products tailored to current needs, SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the SYZ Group, is pleased to announce the launch of OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect, a new sub-fund of its Luxembourg SICAV (UCITS). Managed internally by the Multi-Asset team, the fund offers dynamic multi-asset management that seeks to generate two-thirds of the performance of global equities over the medium to long term with only a third of their risk. The fund invests throughout the world particularly through futures and index-based products by acquiring exposure to a wide range of assets, such as bonds, equities, currencies, gold and cash. The main innovation lies in dynamic management of the risk budget, which combines economic scenario modelling and systematic monitoring of the maximum drawdown. This is realized through a proprietary hedging methodology aimed at limiting the maximum drawdown to a 10%.

Two-thirds of the performance with a third of the risk

OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect is a flexible multi-asset fund that invests in and acquires exposure to a wide universe of asset classes comprising bonds (10-year and 30-year US Treasury, UK Gilts, German and Italian government bonds), equities (Europe, US, Japan, UK, Switzerland, emerging markets), cash, currencies and precious metals (USD, JPY, GBP, AUD and Gold). The fund's objective is to achieve two thirds of the performance over the medium to long term of the global equities index (MSCI World CR EUR), with only a third of its risk (5% to 7% volatility per year). The fund's exposure may vary between 0% and 130%, and may invest only in liquid instruments, such as futures, forward exchange contracts, and ETPs[1] (maximum 10%).

OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect is managed through a collaborative approach by Fabrizio Quirighetti (team manager), Guido Bolliger, Claude Cornioley, and Adrien Pichoud, within the Multi-Asset team of SYZ Asset Management (Suisse) SA. Guido Bolliger and Claude Cornioley are two seasoned quant investment professionals who have recently joined SYZ Asset Management. Claude Cornioley was previously a partner at Dynagest SA. Guido Bolliger was CIO at Olympia Capital and, prior to that, Senior Quant Analyst at Julius Baer. They bring additional set of skills to the SYZ Group in dynamic portfolio hedging and risk-based asset allocation.

A particularly innovative multi-asset approach

There are several types of multi-asset investment solutions. The most traditional, the balanced funds solution, seeks to reduce risk mainly through diversification. However, the correlation of asset classes tends to increase strongly in times of crisis, which may result in sharp declines. Other more recent techniques, such as the "minimum variance", "risk parity", and "CPPI" (Constant Proportion Portfolio Insurance) strategies, focus on risk management, without taking a position on market trends. The ActiProtect strategy developed by SYZ Asset Management is therefore particularly innovative, as it starts from a macroeconomic assessment in order to determine a desired asset allocation, before applying a dynamic allocation of the risk budget, supplemented by dynamic hedging aimed at limiting the maximum drawdown to 10%.

A solid process

The fund manager's investment process includes 4 key steps. The first is an objective assessment of the macroeconomic situation, particularly economic growth and inflation, in order to determine the current environment (pro-cyclical, stagflation, reflation, disinflation, or deflation) and which asset classes are to be favoured or avoided based on the manager's analysis. Second, the choices are put to the test using a multi-factor analysis of their valuation, their prospective yields, their risk, and the existence of catalysts capable of changing prices. This makes it possible to, for example, move from a general preference for equities to an investment conviction for European rather than US equities. The third step transforms these convictions into capital allocations using a proprietary model that aims to keep the portfolio's total volatility within the defined range of 5% to 7%. The last stage of the process involves preventing the fund from falling by more than the maximum authorised limit (10%) during periods of high volatility. This is done using a proprietary methodology that increases the share of risk-free assets when the risk of exceeding the permitted threshold becomes too high.

A wide range of multi-asset strategies

In the current environment of very low interest rates, investors are having difficulty finding valid alternatives to their cash or bond allocations. In addition, with the current economic downturn, many investors are also concerned about the volatility of stock markets and the historically high level of equities. In this scenario, the reliable multi-asset solutions developed by SYZ Asset Management - OYSTER Multi-Asset Diversified, OYSTER Multi-Asset Absolute Return, OYSTER Multi-Asset Inflation Shield, and the most recent creation, OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect, represent a third attractive route offering complementary strategies.

"OYSTER Multi-Asset Actiprotect rounds out our range of multi-asset funds. This addition allows us to expand our client offering with innovative investment solutions, focused on risk allocation and dynamic beta management," said Katia Coudray, CEO of SYZ Asset Management.

"Multi-Asset" is the new branding for the funds managed by the Multi-Asset team

In order to unify the branding of the funds managed by the Multi-Asset team, the prefix "Multi-Asset" has been added to this range. The names of the funds managed by the Multi-Asset team have therefore been changed as follows:

- OYSTER Diversified is becoming OYSTER Multi-Asset Diversified
- OYSTER Absolute Return EUR is becoming OYSTER Multi-Asset Absolute Return EUR
- OYSTER Multi-Asset Inflation Shield: no change
- OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect: no change

For further information, please contact:
Moreno Volpi
Tel.: +41 (0)58 799 16 98
E-mail: [email protected]

About SYZ Asset Management*

SYZ Asset Management, the institutional asset management division of the SYZ Group, provides investment solutions to Swiss and international institutional investors, such as pension funds, insurance companies, companies and investment funds. SYZ Asset Management meets the highest standards in terms of institutional management and service to its clients using its own resources as regards economic research and financial analysis as well as in portfolio management and risk management.

* Any reference to SYZ Asset Management (SYZ AM) in this document, should be construed as being a reference to any one or more of the legal entities, listed below, dependent on the particular jurisdiction in which the document is published, subject to the investment products and services referred to herein being available to potential investors or categories of investors in such jurisdictions.

SYZ Asset Management (Luxembourg) SA, SYZ Asset Management (Suisse) SA, SYZ Asset Management (Asia) Limited, SYZ & CO Asset Management LLP, SYZ (France) SAS

About SYZ Group

The Swiss banking group SYZ, founded in Geneva in 1996, focuses exclusively on asset management via two complementary pillars: upmarket private banking (Banque SYZ) and institutional asset management (SYZ Asset Management). SYZ has a staff of 440 employees and a total of CHF 29 bn (EUR 28 bn) in assets under management with offices in Geneva (head office), Zurich, Lugano, Locarno, London, Edinburgh, Milan, Madrid, Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris, Dubai, Nassau and Hong-Kong.

About OYSTER Funds

OYSTER is SYZ Asset Management's UCITS investment fund range, funds developed by SYZ Asset Management designed to address the specific needs of a professional client base. With a strong commitment to performance, this Luxembourg SICAV comprises nearly 30 sub-funds, covering a variety of asset classes, markets and investment styles. OYSTER is currently registered and/or distributed in various European and Asian countries through a vast distribution network. To satisfy this discerning and demanding client base, SYZ Asset Management entrusts management of its OYSTER funds to internal and external fund managers. A number of strategies have also been the recipients of internationally recognised awards.

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Oyster SICAV is an open-ended multi-fund investment company established and regulated in Luxembourg and recognised in the United Kingdom ("UK") by the FCA under s. 264 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 with reference number 534187. This document has been issued in the UK by SYZ Asset Management (Europe) Limited (authorised and regulated by the FCA with reference number 666766). Potential investors in the United Kingdom are advised that none of the protections afforded by the UK regulatory system will apply to an investment in any Oyster SICAV sub fund and that compensation will not generally be available under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Copies in English of the SICAV's current Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document can be obtained from SYZ Asset Management (Europe) Limited. Instructions to purchase or redeem shares of any class available to UK Investors can also be placed with them. Past performance is not a guide to the future, and the value of investments can fall over time as well as rise. An investment in sub-funds of Oyster SICAV involves risks that are more fully described in the Prospectus. The content of this media release is provided solely for information purposes and constitutes neither a recommendation to buy or sell. Always consider taking independent investment advice from a person properly authorised and regulated prior to investing.

[1] Exchange Trade Products

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Moreno Volpi

P: +41 (0)58 799 16 98


SYZ Asset Management, Banque SYZ SA


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