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Citywire-Jan-de-ConinckBreaking out in Euro bonds: three fund managers to watch.
By Matthew Lewin on 24 October 2014

In this ratings round-up, we are taking a closer look at the European Bonds asset class, where there are a total of 139 rated managers this month. The ratings are split as follows 40 were + rating, 36 were A-rated, 36 AA-rated and a further 27 received a AAA-rating.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout performers in the asset class.
Highest New Rating
Fund manager: Jan de Coninck, DÔM Finance
Rating: AAA-rated

Entering the ratings for the first time this month is Jan de Coninck, who has achieved a AAA-rating in the first month since becoming eligible. De Coninck is the chief investment officer at DÔM Finance and has run the Alcis Alpha Obligations Crédit fund since April 2012.

The fund focuses on the European bond market, with over half of the assets held in investment grade securities. Although the fund chiefly invests in corporate bonds, De Coninck has positioned the fund to have some exposure to the government and convertible bond markets.

The fund is heavily weighted towards the French market, which makes up 48.89% of the fund’s total assets. The largest holding is with the French investment banking firm AXA.

Over De Coninck’s tenure on the strategy, the fund has returned 16.86% to its investors. This is while its Citywire benchmark, the Markit iTraxx Europe 5 Year TR, rose 7.69%.