MUMBAI, January 16, 2012 – Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund today announced the launch of Morgan Stanley Multi Asset Fund, an open-ended debt fund. The fund has two plans, Plan A and Plan B, each having separate portfolios where Plan A will invest in debt and equity along with equity related instruments and Plan B will invest in debt, gold and equity along with equity related instruments. The NFO will open for subscription on January 17 and close on January 31, 2012.
The fund will be co-managed by Jayesh Gandhi and Ritesh Jain, Lead Portfolio Managers of the Multi-cap Equity and Fixed Income strategies respectively.
Anthony Heredia, CEO, Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund, said: “We believe that the multi asset fund category has tremendous potential for growth. In the current market environment, multi asset funds which seek to generate reasonable returns with lower levels of risk, should find favor with investors.”
Morgan Stanley Investment Management in India
In 1994, Morgan Stanley launched the Morgan Stanley Growth Fund, a close-ended fund that was one of the first to be launched by an international fund house in India. In April 2008, Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund was introduced to the Indian market. It is a multi-cap fund that invests across market caps. In May 2009, the Firm announced the launch of two debt funds, Morgan Stanley Short Term Bond Fund and Morgan Stanley Active Bond Fund. In Sep. 2011, Morgan Stanley launched Morgan Stanley Liquid Fund.
As of Dec. 2011, Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund had average AUM of Rs. 2086.07 crore. For further information about MSIM in India, please visit www.morganstanley.com/indiamf
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