Investment process

Erste Asset Management manages assets of around EUR 63.32bn, invested in a total of more than 400 funds as well as portfolios. Of these, 41 percent are private investors and 59 percent are institutional investors (12/31/2017).

All investment processes are based on the following principles:

Team Approach The close and continuous collaboration within the teams of specialists and between investment departments creates an important competitive advantage
Flexibility Short distances between the teams and the management of the investment department (Chief Investment Officer) allow for a rapid response to external events, such as market shocks.
Consistency Erste AM is faithful to its one chosen investment strategy, but it also works continuously to further its development.
The decisions of fund managers must be traceable. Only then can continuous quality assurance and improvement be ensured.

The different asset classes, like equities, bonds, commodities, etc. require different methods and models of assessment. The main approaches at Erste Asset Management are:

Investment Process


Example of Use

Bottom Up - qualitative


The selection of individual securities is the central focus; the portfolio composition is influenced by stock selection.

Eastern European equities

Top Down


Economic analysis influences the composition of the portfolio at country or sector level.

Mixed Funds



The different asset classes are analysed for portfolio creation, on the basis of fundamental constants within the historical nexus.

Global equity funds, where country weighting or sector weighting is in the foreground

Technical Models


These models serve to determine short, medium or long-term trending. The output of these models leads to buy and sell signals.

Are used as an indicator for buy and sell signals

Here you can download the list of countries where the target funds for the fund of funds may have their headquarters:

Best Execution

Best Execution means “best possible implementation” and refers to the quality standards that apply to Erste Asset Management in the investment process.

We have our own Trading Desk, which is located in the Investment Department. In addition, transactions are carried out directly by our Erste AM fund managers. Only Erste Asset Management-chosen and Erste Group-approved traders may conduct transactions.

Erste Asset Management is based on “Best Execution” requirements of the EU Directive on Markets for Financial Instruments (MiFID).

Custodian and depositary for investment funds managed by Erste Asset Management GmbH and ERSTE-SPARINVEST Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH is Erste Group Bank AG , Am Belvedere 1, A-1100 Vienna.
The custodian or depositary uses sub-custodians. The list of sub-custodians can be found here:

Conflicts of Interest

Erste Asset Management GmbH is an Austrian investment company with a licence both to manage investment funds according to the Investmentfondsgesetz (investment fund act) and to provide investment consulting and individual portfolio management services (extended licence). Erste Asset Management GmbH and its Austrian subsidiaries (an Austrian investment company licensed to manage investment funds under the investment fund act in each case) and ERSTE-SPARINVEST Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (all of them collectively "Erste AM") shall be obliged to act in the best interest of their investment funds and their customers (shareholders). For Erste AM, the issue of "conflicts of interest" is of great importance.

Remuneration policy

Erste Asset Management GmbH and ERSTE- SPARINVEST Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. established compensation principles in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest and ensure compliance with the rules of conduct in the remuneration of relevant persons. The details of the current remuneration policy can be found here:

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