Gulf International Bank is an active participant in the international financial markets and caters to a pan-continental client base. It has developed an understanding of its clients' investment objectives. Investment solutions are predominantly tailored and segregated mandates, but they also include investment and total return funds.
GIB's asset management business is run by its wholly owned London-based subsidiary, Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited, (GIBUK) which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority. It provides clients with the benefit of the UK's regulatory environment and a range of sophisticated investment banking and portfolio management skills.
GIB is the Middle East's largest commercial manager of client assets. Key clients are semi-governmental institutions from the region. Other investors include European financial institutions that predominantly invest in structured vehicles managed by GIBUK.
London-based investment professionals manage clients' assets through four major product lines:
Equity indexed portfolios
Utilising an enhanced indexed style, GIBUK managers aim to produce index plus returns with low tracking errors of well below 100 basis points, using techniques that are more quantitative in nature than stock-specific discretionary management.
Fixed income portfolios
Assets are managed either relative to a global government bond index or as an absolute high-income relative to LIBOR. Mandates include those for emerging markets countries.
These products include collateralised debt obligations of asset-backed securities, for which the Bank acts as the asset manager. GIB currently manages approximately US$ 1.3 billion of asset backed securities through CDOs. These are currently composed of five CDOs funded primarily by European institutional investors.
GIB manages open-ended funds including an emerging markets long-short, total return fund launched in August 2010.
Commitment to the UK Stewardship Code
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