News in brief - 20 May 2022

LV= has announced it is adding two funds to its Smoothed Managed Funds (SMF) range.

The new funds, Extra Cautious and Impact Growth, are risk-rated two and six respectively and broaden the LV= Smoothed Managed Fund range with the aim of appealing to a wider range of investors. The new Extra Cautious Smoothed Managed Fund option is targeted at low-risk investors who would normally prefer to hold their savings in cash but are concerned with rising inflation and low returns on deposit accounts are eroding the value of their savings.

Robeco has launched a Sustainable Asian Bonds fund.

The fund seeks to provide long-term capital growth with the exposure predominately in companies that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals and to tap into a growing investment universe in some if the fastest growing economies. The Robeco Sustainable Asian Bonds strategy follows an active approach with the flexibility to take off-benchmark positions, investing in hard-currency Asian corporate and sovereign bonds and targets a dividend yield of 4-6 per cent per year throughout the cycle.

Legal & General has announced a £4bn investment in regeneration, housing and levelling up across the West Midlands, working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The agreement is Legal & General’s first with a combined authority and sets out a commitment to a seven-year programme of Legal & General investment, building on the region’s 2022 Investment Prospectus. The programme is designed to create “vibrant, dynamic communities” in the region by providing “attractive” environments to work, live and play.

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