KENANGA INVESTORS LAUNCHES FIRST SRI QUALIFIED HIGH YIELD BOND FUND

The Kenanga Sustainability Series: High Yield Bond Fund seeks to provide income and capital growth for investors.

From Left to Right: Ismitz Matthew De Alwis, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kenanga Investors Berhad; John McCareins, Managing Executive, Head of Asia Pacific, Northern Trust Asset Management­­ at the launch of Kenanga Sustainability Series: High Yield Bond Fund.

Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2022 The launch of Kenanga Sustainability Series: High Yield Bond Fund, the first SRI-qualified High Yield Bond fund in the Malaysian market by Kenanga which invests into The NT Global High Yield ESG Bond Index Fund, managed by Northern Trust Asset Management.

Investors can participate in a more robust portfolio stemming from ESG analytics which will consider factors such as carbon efficiency and quality of governance to mitigate risks or capture new opportunities aside from the standard quantitative and qualitative metrics.

Most recently, the Kenanga Growth Fund Series 2 won Best Malaysia Large-Cap Equity Fundat the 2022 Morningstar Awards Malaysia.

At the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards Malaysia 2022, KIB won overall best Mixed Assets – Malaysia Pension Funds Group award for the third time. Accompanying this were individual fund wins awarded to:

  • Kenanga Growth Fund for best Equity Malaysia Fund over 10 Years
  • Kenanga Malaysian Inc Fund for best Equity Malaysia Diversified over 3 Years
  • Kenanga Growth Opportunities Fund for best Equity Malaysia Small & Mid Cap over 5 Years
  • Kenanga Diversified Fund for best Mixed Asset MYR Flexible over 10 Years

The Hong Kong-based Asia Asset Management’s 2022 Best of the Best Awards awarded KIB under the following categories, Malaysia Best Impact Investing Manager, Best Application of ESG (ASEAN), Malaysia – Best Equity Manager, Malaysia CEO of the Year, Malaysia CIO of the Year, and Malaysia Best House for Alternatives.

The FSMOne Recommended Unit Trusts Awards 2021/2022, named Kenanga Balanced Fund as “Balanced – Malaysia” for the 3rd year, Kenanga ASnitaBond Fund as the “Core Fixed Income – Malaysia (Islamic)” for the second time, while Kenanga OnePRS Conservative Fund was awarded the “Private Retirement Scheme – Conservative” title (3rd year).

For the fifth consecutive year, KIB was affirmed an investment manager rating of IMR-2 by Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad, since first rated in 2017. The IMR rating on KIB reflects the fund management company’s well-established investment processes and sound risk management practices. During the first half of 2021, KIB’s 20 largest unit trust funds outperformed its benchmarks for the one-year, three-year and five-year periods.

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