EUROPE - F&C Asset Management has cited a shift in Dutch pension fund policy as the main reason for the net €6.1bn withdrawn by clients in the last three months, according to media reports.
An article in The Times claimed F&C told its shareholders that clients had withdrawn a net amount of €6.1bn over the last three months and it expected to lose a further €5.5bn worth of mandates shortly.
Dutch pension funds that pass asset allocation decisions over to "fiduciary managers" has resulted in the break up of large balanced mandates.
These were just the type of mandates run by F&C, therefore the Dutch move to smaller, specialist houses has seen the firm lose out.
This type of shift has been witnessed also in the UK as pension funds reshuffle their structure and moved towards more specialist management.
In response to these claims, F&C explained it was not the shift towards specialist boutiques that presented a problem, but rather the trend by the Dutch to outsource investment decisions to a third party, such as a multimanager.
The firm lost a €1.5bn mandate from the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme after the pension plan switched the business to specialist property manager CB Richard Ellis.
According to The Times, F&C lost €43.1bn in mandates over the first three quarters of 2006.
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