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SLI targets extra E1bn

Standard Life Investments is targeting an extra E1bn in assets under management at a new unit focusing on liability-driven investments for institutions.
The Edinburgh-based asset manager has unveiled a 'Strategic Solutions Unit', whose aim is "to develop liability-driven and capital efficient investment solutions" for European pension and insurance funds.
The unit's head, Euan Munro, saysthe target for assets under management was E1bn in the coming year, which was "attainable". It already manages about $2bn (E2.9bn) in liability driven or capital efficient strategies.
Munro adds that he thought the new unit's approach was a "good fit" with pension funds in the Netherlands, as Dutch regulations were similar to UK insurance rules.
He describes the approach as "applying active management knowledge with quantitative discipline".
Standard Life said the seven-strong division had been set up in response to interest from existing institutional clients.

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