Gulf International Bank (GIB) is delighted to announce it is now able to offer low volatility and protected strategies on global and regional equities.

In the last few years, markets have suffered from bouts of elevated volatility and large swings in sentiment. This has led to uncomfortable experiences for investors in those markets that experience large swings in profit and loss or are faced with potential losses on investments.

In response to this, GIB, through its London based subsidiary GIB UK, is delighted to announce that for institutional investors, it can now offer a range of solutions that are able to deliver portfolios that aim to experience lower volatility than the market, can have an element of downside protection and can have that downside protection automatically move up when markets rise.

Jeff Woolsey, Senior Equity Portfolio Manager at GIB UK commented: “Currently we run around USD10bn in equity strategies, but we have recognised that not all clients want to be fully exposed to swings in the market. This suite of solutions allows us to offer clients an alternative to straight equity exposure in a low cost, efficient manner.”

These new products are offered to institutional investors with USD20m or above to invest and can be structured on a range of underlying equity indices from Global to Regional and even on selected local markets.

Mark Watts, CFA, Chief Executive Officer of GIB UK added: “This range is an important addition to our suite of solutions for our clients and is a clear example of how we are able to respond to changing market conditions and offer investors solutions that are relevant to their day to day challenges.”

Gulf International Bank (GIB) is a pan-GCC universal bank that specialises in corporate and investment banking and has a growing retail footprint. GIB is owned by the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund owns 97.2% of GIB. In addition to its main subsidiaries, London-based Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited, and Riyadh-based GIB Capital LLC, it has branches in London, New York, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, Riyadh and Jeddah with representative offices in Dubai and Beirut. Its Asset Management business is primarily based out of London and manages over USD11.6bn in assets for major institutions in both the MENA region and globally.