Tower Australia has appointed Russell Investment Group to manage its A$2.6 billion Australian multi-manager investment product range.

The pair will work together to develop a special range of Tower-branded multi-manager products, with Tower assigned to manage the partnership and Russell given overall responsibility for investorsÆ funds.

CEO of Tower Investment, Graham Evans, says Russell was picked from a string of candidates because of its strong local focus in Australia.

Meanwhile, Alan Schoenheimer, managing director for Russell in Australasia, says: ôMulti-manager investing is a complex process that combines global manager research, the careful selection and blending of managers, asset allocation, performance monitoring and efficient implementation of a portfolio,ö says

ôMore recently, changes within the structure of capital markets have made it necessary to gain exposure to non-traditional asset classes such as hedge funds and global listed property, and to access the expertise of boutique managers with innovative approaches to sourcing alpha within a disciplined risk management framework. This is RussellÆs core focus.ö