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Fixed interest specialist fund manager Altius Asset Management has appointed Vanessa Thomson to the role of head of credit research.

Fixed interest specialist fund manager Altius Asset Management has appointed Vanessa Thomson to the role of head of credit research.

Ms Thomson has eighteen years experience in the financial services industry.  She was most recently with ING Investment Management, as a senior research analyst – income assets, within the fixed income department. Prior to this, she was head of risk and business strategy at ING.  She has also worked at Macquarie Bank in London in project and structured finance, and started her career at Mercantile Mutual Life Insurance as an actuarial analyst.

Ms Thomson holds a bachelor of science, majoring in pure mathematics and mathematical statistics, from the University of Sydney, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.  She is an associate of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Altius was established in February this year as a joint venture between its principals and Australian Unity Investments and launched its first fund in July.

Mr Chris Dickman, senior portfolio manager at Altius, said that the Altius approach is to take advantage of both credit and thematic opportunities in the market to optimise returns for investors.

“Ongoing market volatility and economic uncertainty, particularly in Europe and the US, can bring attractive investment opportunities and high-quality credit skills are vital in exploiting these.

“Vanessa has a diverse range of sector experience both across investment and sub-investment grade levels, and tremendous quantitative skills, which will prove very useful to our investment activities.

“We had a very clear idea of how the credit research role will work within the business, and the skills and experience we required to complement the rest of the team, and Vanessa fits these criteria perfectly,” he said.

Altius Asset Management is a boutique fixed interest asset management business, formed through a joint venture with AUI.

Altius takes a diversified approach to fixed interest funds management, combining both credit and duration strategies, and seeks to optimise returns for investors in all market conditions.

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For more information please contact Chris Dickman – 02 9112 4700

 30 November 2011