The new funds include a range of emerging market vehicles, alternative funds and country specific equity and bond funds. All are from managers already on Generali’s platform, including JP Morgan Asset Management, Fidelity, Aberdeen, First State Investments and Pictet.
Generali said in addition, two new sectors – African equity and Asian fixed income – are now represented within the investment options. Many of the funds also offer different currency options.
Nick Griffin, Generali International’s head of sales, said the decision to widen the investment options reflected a “real need in the market” for greater choice.
“The extension to our range reflects two main factors,” said Griffin. “Firstly the ongoing volatility in the investment markets and low interest rate environment in much of the world means that advisers are always looking for alternative ways to find more stability or the prospect of higher returns.
“But equally important is the need for advisers to be able to have the flexibility to adapt a client’s investment profile to take advantage of new opportunities in asset classes such as resources and emerging markets.
"These additional investment options have been introduced with a view to satisfying both of these needs.”