Merill SICAV p.l.c. has reached €100 million in assets under management as a new sub-fund, the Merill Strategic Balanced Fund (USD), with seed money of $10 million was launched.
As the investment manager of Merill funds, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd has achieved another milestone in the history of the company. This target was set by Mr. Jesmond Mizzi, in April of 2018, who stated that it was the company’s aim to hit this figure within the next eighteen months. On the 4th October 2019 Merill SICAV p.l.c. launched a new sub-fund, Merill Strategic Balanced Fund USD ‘Accumulator’ Share Class. This newly launched USD denominated sub-fund aims to invest predominantly in US assets, however, is not restricted to being exposed to this geographical region. The objective of the sub-fund is to achieve long term growth from a diversified portfolio of investments. The majority of the sub-fund’s investment will be dollar denominated, but the investment manager is permitted to enter into other currencies if opportunities arise. That being said the investment manager will be able to make use of derivatives in order to reduce the sub-fund’s credit, currency or even interest rate risks.
Merill SICAV p.l.c. launched its first sub-fund in 2016, the Merill Total Return Income Fund with an initial seed capital of €15 million. Two additional sub-funds were later launched in 2017, the Merill Global Equity Income Fund and the Merill High Income Fund, as well as a Sterling Hedged Share Class of the latter sub-fund which was launched in March 2019. Merill funds witnessed steady growth throughout the years and the full range of four sub-funds now boast total assets under management exceeding €100 million.
Jesmond Mizzi, Managing Director of Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors said ‘We are really pleased to have achieved this milestone in just over three years. As we continue to actively manage Merill SICAV p.l.c. to see it grow and flourish, we constantly seek to explore new avenues of diversification which is key for us. We are once again extending our product range to enable both our existing and prospective clients to diversify their investment portfolios on an international level.’
Earlier this year Merill Total Return Income Fund achieved a four star rating from Morningstar Inc. This sub-fund continued to perform strongly and ranked first quartile in 2017, 2018 and year-to-date, as at the end of September. This rating helps investors assess this fund's track record compared to other similar funds. Referring to this positive four star rating from Morningstar Inc., Jesmond Mizzi added ‘We believe in doing what is right to safeguard the interest of our investors. Trust is what drives our business and our growth over the years is evidence of the faith that investors have placed in our Company.’
Merill SICAV plc is incorporated and licensed as an open-ended Collective Investment Scheme, registered in Malta, qualifying as a Maltese UCITS in terms of the UCITS Directive with effect from the 16th October 2015. The value of the investment and the income are not guaranteed and may go down as well as up. Investments should be based upon the details contained in the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Documents (KIID’s), which may be obtained in English language and free of charge from Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Limited (JMFA) of 67, Level 3, South Street Valletta, VLT1105, Malta, licenced to conduct investment services business under the Investment Services Act. JMFA and Merill SICAV plc are regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority of Mdina Road, Zone 1, Central Business District, Birkirkara CBD 1010.