The new name reflects DeAM's global strategy for its mutual fund business and brings together the firm's US and European mutual fund brands: Scudder Investments, a venerable name in the US mutual fund business, and DWS Investments, one of Europe's most successful fund houses. Taking together the assets under management of DWS Scudder and DWS Investments, Deutsche Bank is one of the largest mutual fund organizations worldwide.
"DWS Scudder now joins with DeAM's other mutual fund businesses across the world as part of a unified mutual fund business operating under the DWS name," said Kevin Parker, Global Head of Asset Management and a member of the bank's Group Executive Committee.
With the launch of DWS Scudder, the DWS family now offers clients in the US, Europe and Asia access to the expertise and thought leadership of approximately 700 investment professionals around the world, as well as a truly global investment platform. In Europe, DWS funds are available in 11 countries, including Germany, where this year DWS is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In Asia-Pacific, the first DWS mutual funds in Japan will be launched this month, and initiatives are underway to bring DWS mutual funds to several other Asian countries.
The new strategy of DWS Scudder also includes a renewed focus on the advisor-driven channel in the US, with an emphasis on servicing the needs of financial advisors. As part of this initiative, it will reduce the number of its funds and share classes to concentrate on the core funds most relevant to advisors.
Axel Schwarzer, Head of DWS Scudder, said, "By streamlining our fund offerings and concentrating on the advisor-driven channel, our objective is to enhance the level of service, innovation and performance that we provide to both our advisors and their clients."
In the US, DWS Scudder is supporting the new brand through an extensive awareness campaign that encompasses print and broadcast advertising, direct mail, marketing and public relations campaigns. The central message of the campaign - "One Global Force. One Focus. You." - represents the collective strength of Deutsche Bank's global mutual fund family, and the aspiration to set the standard in the industry for client service and investment performance.
"We will enhance the investment capabilities that we offer our mutual fund clients by leveraging our global strength, with the goal that DWS Scudder becomes the first choice for financial advisors and investors," said Parker.
For further information, please contact:
Thomas Richter +49 (69) 71909-4195 (Frankfurt)
Jezz Farr +44 (20) 754-57506 (London)
Rohini Pragasam +1 (212) 250- 4516 (New York)
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About Deutsche Asset Management
Deutsche Asset Management is the global asset management business of Deutsche Bank AG, with AUM of US$630 billion (as of 12/31/05). It is one of the world's leading investment management organizations in terms of the quality and breadth of investment products, asset management expertise and client service. DeAM provides asset management capabilities to a variety of clients worldwide including foundations, non-profit organizations, public and private superannuation funds, high-net-worth individuals and retail investors.
About DWS Scudder
DWS Scudder is the US retail brand name of Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM), which is the marketing name in the US for the asset management activities of Deutsche Bank, AG. DWS Scudder leverages the strength and reputation of DWS -- Deutsche Bank's mutual fund brand in Europe and Asia, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Germany in 2006 -- with that of Scudder, a respected US asset manager founded in 1919. With a strong commitment to superior performance, innovative products and intellectual thought leadership, DWS Scudder offers a comprehensive and diverse family of products and services, including mutual funds and retirement plans.
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