(Ljubljana, 16 June 2020) A financial magazine that has been bestowing the Best Fund and the Best Fund Manager awards for ten successive years has once again selected Generali Investments, the oldest management company in Slovenia, as the best asset management company with the best asset manager. At this year’s traditional event, the title of the Best Asset Manager of Slovenia’s mutual funds in the last 10 years went to Primož Cencelj, CFA, of Generali Investments.
Each year, the Moje finance magazine proclaims the best mutual and pension funds and the best asset manager. At this year’s annual event held as a video conference, the Best Asset Manager of the Decade was selected for the first time – a title that went to Primož Cencelj, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager at Generali Investments.
Primož Cencelj, who manages two bond funds, Generali Bond and Generali Corporate Bonds, and a money market fund, Generali MM, won the title of the Best Fund Manager in 2014, at the age of only 29. He later won this prestigious title two more times, in 2016 and 2018. This year, he missed it by a hair’s breadth, finishing second. His bond fund won five stars and three silhouettes for the best managed funds in Slovenia for all the three relevant periods (3, 5 and 10 years). With its long-standing experience in the Slovenian and regional capital markets, and excellent international connections, the asset management team of Generali Investments won the Best Fund Manager title a record six times in the decade, in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
At this year’s event, stars were also assigned to funds for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year periods, representing the highest recognition in the mutual fund industry and expressing unparalleled excellence in fund management.
This year’s top awards – five stars – went to the following funds:
– For 3-year, 5-year and 10-year periods in the European Corporate and Aggregate Bond category: Generali Bond
– For a 10-year period in the Equity Information Technology category: Generali Technology
In the category of the Best Asset Manager of the five-year period 2015–2019, Primož Cencelj won second place, and also became the Best Asset Manager of the Decade – from 2010 to 2019. In the same category, David Zorman of Generali Investments came fourth.
Upon receiving the Moje Finance award for the Best Asset Manager of the Decade from Andrej Šircelj, the Minister of Finance, Primož Cencelj, CFA, said: “I am grateful to my wife for all her support, and to my current and former colleagues and bosses. I wish the next decade to be a period of inflows into mutual funds. And I wish Slovenians to recognise the investment opportunities presented by this industry.”
Luka Podlogar, the President of the Management Board of Generali Investments, stressed: “I am proud of our team, and – frankly speaking – not surprised that we won the Best Asset Manager of the Decade award. Winning numerous national and international awards in the past, we have repeatedly proven that we work with a top team characterised by a winning mindset.”