EFG Eurobank has established and is now offering on the Greek market a complete new generation of pioneering investment products to cover a wide range of investment options in Greek and foreign markets.The first step is the formation of a “family” of six new mutual funds, to be managed by EFG Mutual Fund Management Company S.A. in collaboration with Deutsche Bank. These new mutual funds, the first products of collaboration between EFG Eurobank and the German banking group in the field of the provision of new financial products to Greek investors and savers, stand out for their innovative approach to management, and introduce the idea of cost-free investment for the first time. Investors who wish to invest in these products, or to shift their funds from one product to another, will pay no entrance commission. Nor will they be charged buy-out fees if they liquidate their investments after two years have elapsed.The new mutual funds were presented by Eurobank CEO Nikolaos Nanopoulos, Byron Ballis, Chairman of EFG Mutual Fund Management S.A. and EFG Eurobank General Manager, Retail Banking, Professor Spyros Makrydakis of the University of Piraeus and INSEAD, Ines Wilkens, senior executive of DMS (the Deutsche Bank Mutual Fund Management Company), and Aris Xenofos, General Manager of EFG Mutual Fund Management SA. Two of the new mutual funds are oriented towards the Greek stock market, two towards the international stock market, one towards the Greek bond market and one to all these markets together. The management of the mutual funds in Greece will be the task of EFG Mutual Fund Management SA, in collaboration with a team of university staff and researchers led by Professor S. Makrydakis. The team has already developed mathematical management models, based on a range of quantitative and qualitative data, thus singling out the shares most fully representative of the values of the Greek economy. Correspondingly, investments directed towards the international markets will be managed by Deutsche Bank through Deutsche Asset Management Europe (DAM), which occupies a leading position in the European market, managing investment capital of a total value of 158.8 billion euros, and making its presence felt in all the European and international markets. These investment products have been selected and established on the basis of a series of criteria and subsequent to a study of developments and trends in the Greek and foreign markets, including:
- forthcoming Greek membership of the euro zone, which will significantly reduce interest rates on deposits
- the need to offer Greek investors new forms of investment which will provide better returns at lower risk
- the development of new technologies and information technology, which, in conjunction with developments in the capital markets, have led to the development of advanced models for investment management
- the shift in preferences towards stock investment instruments and the intense interest which investors are displaying in modern sectors of the economy and new markets
- the provision of alternative investment options across a wide field involving both the Greek and international markets
- the need for investors to have confidence in specialised organisations that can manage their funds in a responsible manner and according to their special requirements.
A domestic-bonds mutual fund which invests primarily in medium- and long-term bonds and, to a lesser extent, money market instruments. It is addressed to investors who wish to combine security with satisfactory performance.