Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, announces the launch of Amundi Euro Liquidity Short Term SRI (“the Fund”), a short term Money Market fund with accumulative variable net asset value (V NAV), awarded with an SRI label and is AAAmmf-rated1 by Fitch Ratings.
Many corporate and institutional investors, seeking enhanced security for the management of their daily cash, prefer the use of AAA-rated short term money market funds investing in the highest rated issuers and able to provide a qualitative alternative to traditional cash deposits.
Amundi Euro Liquidity Short Term SRI is a short term Money Market fund that seeks to offer liquidity and security to investors through high credit quality, a strategy of diversification1 and flexibility. The Fund is a unique socially responsible investment cash solution, awarded a French SRI label and rated AAAmmf by Fitch Ratings, offering same day settlement with a late cut-off.
The Fund invests in high-quality money market instruments and debt securities such as Commercial Papers and Certificates of Deposit or short term bonds of OECD countries, with a maximum maturity of 397 days, with a very low exposure to interest rate risk. The objective is to outperform its benchmark (the capitalised €STR – Euro short-term rate index), while integrating ESG criteria in the selection and analysis of the Fund's securities. The investment process is designed to ensure daily liquidity seeking to offer returns in line with prevailing money market rates.
In order to secure the assets invested in the Fund, the Portfolio Managers will apply diversification across issuers, instruments, countries and maturities.
Finally, the AAAmmf rating by Fitch Ratings reflects the high credit quality and the low volatility of the Fund. Being rated by one credit rating agency is only possible within rigorous European Money Market Fund Regulation. This development will enable the Portfolio Managers to draw from an investment universe that is 20 to 25% larger than a fund rated by two or more credit rating agencies, and enhanced diversification and performance.
Given its marked to market valuation, the Fund is not subject to liquidity fees or gates, and does not charge any performance fees.
The Fund is domiciled in France (FCP format) and managed by Benoit Palliez, Money Market Portfolio Manager and Patrick Siméon, Head of Money Markets with 23 years and 32 years of investment experience, respectively, in Money Markets.
Responsible investment core to the Fund’s approach
The Fund integrates ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) criteria in the analysis and selection of securities, in addition to financial criteria (liquidity, maturity, profitability and quality). The portfolio management team applies an internal extra-financial analysis to identify issuers that have declared a carbon reduction objective. The extra-financial analysis results in an ESG rating for each issuer invested in the Fund on a scale from A (best rating) to G (worst rating). At least 90% of the securities in the portfolio have an ESG rating.
Cécile Mouton, Head of Liquidity Solutions at Amundi, said: “In an uncertain and volatile environment, we believe that money market funds are particularly relevant for investors looking for less risky and more liquid solutions compared to other asset classes. We are proposing a unique offering that seeks to provide international investors with significant benefits achieved through a strong European alternative offering.”
The Fund is available and currently registered in France, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria and Denmark.
- ^  On the 1 July 2021 Amundi Cash Institutions SRI was renamed Amundi Euro Liquidity Short Term SRI
- ^  Net asset value (NAV) represents a fund's per share market value. NAV is calculated by dividing the total value of all the cash and securities in a fund's portfolio, minus any liabilities, by the number of outstanding shares. Variable Net Asset Value (VNAV) funds are MMFs in which investors purchase or redeem units in the fund at a variable net asset value, calculated to 4 decimal places.
- ^  The « Label ISR » is a French certification created in 2016 with the support of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and aims to help investors distinguish investment funds that apply a robust socially responsible investment (SRI) methodology, leading to measurable and concrete results. Qu’est-ce que le Label ISR? - Label ISR
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