Head of Architas UK funds, Cedric Bucher highlighted the “tremendous change” the business has seen over the last 12 months.
From the announcement that AXA Wealth International would be sold to Life Company Consolidation Group to news that Architas CIO Caspar Rock would be leaving in Q3 2016 and reports that Architas’ total assets rose 43% to £20.4bn in Q1 2016, a lot has happened.
Now Architas has added two more to its ranks ahead of the launch of its new managed portfolio service, bringing its distribution and marketing teams to 30 people strong.
The first addition, Arthur, joins the UK distribution team from Fidelity where he was an equity product specialist on global and US funds.
In his new role as fund product specialist, he will work in tandem with advisers to communicate Architas’ offering of risk profiled, income producing and specialist funds. He will also be involved with the impending launch of the managed portfolio service.
While advisers are concerned by immediate issues of ongoing market volatility and Brexit anxieties, said Bucher, “the more fundamental question is ensuring a sound centralised investment proposition - and increasingly a sound centralised retirement proposition - and how income solutions can fit the needs and demands of today’s retirees.”
“Jonathan’s technical and investment expertise will support our ongoing work with advisers and explain the investment solutions we offer, Buchar said. "We know that advisers still value personal, face to face contact at a time when some competitors are reducing this service.”
The second hire, Williams, will concentrate on assisting the Architas marketing team with the upcoming managed portfolio service launch. She joins from BlackRock.