The decamping of 11 Invesco global fixed interest staff to Deutsche Bank in March has cost the manager dearly, with Colonial First State’s FirstChoice platform stripping it of $500 million.

Alan Kenny, FirstChoice’s general manager product and investment services, said the staff departures – which included Invesco’s global CIO Steve Johnson, director of US fixed income Ken Bowling and global/UK fixed interest chief Mark Dowding – were the motivation for discontinuing Invesco’s global fixed interest mandate. Within the $4.8 billion FirstChoice Fixed Interest portfolio, it has been replaced by a $527 million global credit mandate with Loomis Sayles, a $471 million fixed income portable alpha mandate with Franklin Templeton Investments, and a $235 million global bond portfolio with Credit Agricole Asset Management (some of these mandates were already partially funded). Kenny said the review also resulted in the introduction of an “;innovative”; investment capability managed by Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFS GAM), which combines Australian and US duration, global credit and emerging market debt into a single portfolio.

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