Legal & General IM’s international assets almost double

Dividends growthLegal & General Investment Management saw its international assets increase by 45% over the year ending September to £86.5 billion (€110.4 billion), a growth rate that by far outpaces that of its total assets under management. The UK asset manager reports that its total assets under management increased by 14% to £676.3 billion over the past year ending September, a result of inflows and positive performance. This compares to £594 billion over the same period last year. Legal & General Investment Management says the business is now positioned to capitalise on the de-risking trend among UK defined benefit pension schemes, and to meet its clients' changing requirements, but its international assets increased by 45% to £86.5 billion. "We are creating innovative new products relevant for our defined contribution clients," Mark Zinkula, chief executive officer, says. "In particular, we're expanding our multi-asset capabilities, with existing products growing rapidly and new products in the pipeline." Zinkula adds: "Internationally, our US business continues to gather momentum as we extend our distribution capabilities and experience continued demand for our liability-driven investment and active fixed income products." In a similar trend of UK asset managers attracting international money, Standard Life Investments reported in August that its third-party inflows from overseas clients increased from 3% to 57% over the past decade. Its chief executive Keith Skeoch then described the past decade as a "defining" one. The asset management arm of Edinburgh-based insurer Standard Life reported that these assets had increased over six-fold from £15.9 billion to £108 billion. ©2014 funds europe

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