CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2013) - BMO Global Asset Management announced today the addition of the BMO Lloyd George Frontier Markets Equity Fund. The new Fund will be managed by Lloyd George Management (LGM), a part of BMO Global Asset Management and a long time investor in Asian and Global Emerging Markets.
The BMO Lloyd George Frontier Markets Equity Fund will seek to provide capital appreciation by investing its assets in equity securities of foreign companies located in frontier markets or whose primary business activities or principal trading markets are in frontier markets. Frontier Markets consist of countries with market-oriented economies in the early stages of economic development, reflecting many of the same characteristics of the original Global Emerging Markets -- such as China and India -- some 20 ye ars ago. The Fund will be managed by Thomas Vester, CFA, who is supported by two dedicated investment analysts.
"LGM has become one of the world's leading managers of frontier assets and this Fund provides our clients with access to this talented team," said Barry McInerney, Co-Chief Executive Officer, BMO Global Asset Management. "We believe that frontier markets offer attractive returns and, over the long term, have exhibited low correlations with other equity asset classes."
LGM's investment philosophy is predicated on the view that financial markets are often inefficient. Pricing anomalies can persist for prolonged periods and that is particularly true in frontier markets. The active, stock-driven investment approach of LGM seeks to identify inefficiencies amongst companies with structurally attractive business models that can generate cash returns above their cost of capital over a full business cycle. The assessment of a company involves first hand research with the management team and often occurs over a period of years. Regular visits to frontier countries are essential to understand the local corporate sector dynamics and the financial and macroeconomic environment. The LGM frontier markets team has visited 28 frontier countries so far this year, including Botswana, Vietnam and Georgia, in search of attractive investment opportunities.
For more information about BMO Global Asset Management and the new Fund, please visit: www.bmogam.com.
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The family of funds is managed by a multi-disciplined team based in Chicago and Milwaukee, and by a network of world class boutique managers, which are strategically located across the globe. This network includes Monegy, Inc., Pyrford International Ltd., Lloyd George Management and Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC.
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