What is an (Actively Managed Certificate) AMC?


AMC stands for Actively Managed Certificate. In the past years, the demand for AMCs has experienced tremendous growth among external asset managers and banks. Nowadays, AMCs are considered an exceptionally popular product solution.

Why are AMCs (Actively Managed Certificates) Popular for Asset Managers? 

With an AMC, the Asset Manager (AM) is able to run the entire portfolio with only one instrument in an extremely efficient way and at a very attractive price.

Clients can structure their off-balance-sheet, risk-segregated trading strategy. The certificate can be easily distributed among qualified investors. 


What are the AMC (Actively Managed Certificate) Characteristics? 

AMCs can be used for the implementation of strategic model portfolios as well as for tactical allocations. Compared to traditional AMCs issued by banks, AMCs issued out of SPVs do not bear traditional issuer risk. The AMC is issued with an ISIN in a Clearing System, making it a tradable security.


Why are AMCs in such High Demand?

The underlying idea of an AMC is the same as for an investment fund: pool investor money for a specific investment objective. At a closer look, AMCs offer many advantages that explain their popularity in recent times.


Advantages in Comparison to Traditional Asset Management Processes:

  • Massive efficiency gains and cost savings
  • Model portfolio can be implemented  for any client – also for small ones
  • Economies of scale: professional management of hundreds of clients possible, whereby all customers are treated and billed equally
  • Building up of a track record 
  • Access to an exclusive universe of institutional instruments 

Advantages in Comparison to Funds:

  • Significantly lower set-up and running costs
  • Excellent time to market
  • Higher flexibility in the product design
  • Substantially lower seed money
  • Regulated but typically does not fall under the 
    Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISA)

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