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London, Deutsche Bank has launched a new UCITS III compliant equity fund which aims to reduce volatility and drawdowns compared with an equity benchmark by implementing an enhanced option strategy. In comparison to a long-only equity investment, the fund, called DB Platinum Option Overwriting Plus Fund, benefits from traditional call overwriting strategies, but also uses additional protection features on the downside and has some increased participation potential on the upside.

The fund, which is aimed at institutional investors, tracks the db Option Overwriting Plus Index strategy, which invests 100% in a benchmark index (DJ EuroSTOXX 50, DAX or SMI) and enters into exchange-traded option contracts on the corresponding price return benchmark index.

Every month, the strategy evaluates two separate signals with a view to predict the future direction of the underlying index:

* Price Momentum: is based on a comparison of short-term and middle-term performance
* Implied Market Volatility: as materialised by the VSTOXX Index (Dow Jones Euro Stoxx50 Volatility Index)

These signals are based on the intrinsic behaviour characteristics of equity markets: upward trends are usually accompanied by lower volatility (except in bear market rally situations) while bear markets experience higher volatility. Using these signals, the index aims to adapt its option positions for different market behaviours.

Amit Bordia global head of equities structuring at Deutsche Bank said: “Despite the uncertainty surrounding equity markets, investors are looking for interesting and performing products. The Option Overwriting Plus fund is another example of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to meeting our clients needs.”

Manfred Schraepler, head of funds, db X at Deutsche Bank said: “We are very pleased to add this fund to our offering as it complements our current successful range of systematic UCITS compliant investment funds”.

Product details

The DB Platinum Option Overwriting Plus Fund is available for institutional investors in multiple European jurisdictions with daily liquidity. The management fee for all of the above mentioned products amounts to 1.00% per year. Total fund costs are 1.16% p.a. respectively.

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank - NYSE: DB - is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 78,530 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

About Funds at Deutsche Bank

Funds at Deutsche Bank began operations in May 2002 and offers a full range of funds which employ both alpha and enhanced beta strategies to access all of the different asset classes. Since launched, 110 funds have been issued with net assets of over EUR 10 billion. Deutsche Bank is the recognised industry leader in systematic Funds comprising a comprehensive range of fund platforms in Luxembourg, Ireland and the Cayman Islands.


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