Our Story

As a global investment manager, our overall purpose is to help build the long-term future prosperity of our clients. We recognise that we have an important role to play in shaping our clients’ futures as well as having a strong focus on doing the right thing for our people, our suppliers and for society more widely. By understanding the needs of our stakeholders, we can deliver long-term growth for our shareholders.

In order to deliver for our stakeholders, we prioritise growing a sustainable business that takes a long-term approach. We do this by investing behind strategic growth opportunities, which help us deliver on our commitment to provide positive outcomes for all of our clients, society, our shareholders and our people.

When our stakeholders prosper, so do we.

From its roots in 1804 through overseas expansion, the impacts of both World Wars and events leading up to the present day, the story is brought to life with photographs, original footage and documents and interviews with Bruno Schroder and Schroders Archivist, Caroline Shaw.

19th Century  

19th Century  

  • 1804
    The history of Schroders as we know it today began in 1804 when Johann Heinrich Schröder becomes a partner in J. F. Schröder & Co. The London-based firm was founded by his brother, Johann Friedrich Schröder, in 1800. In the early days, the company focused on the finance of trade between America and Europe but soon developed a truly global client base.
  • 1823
    The firm of Cazenove was established when Phillip Cazenove and his brother-in-law John Menet become partners.
  • 1853
    Schroders took a big step forward when it began issuing bonds for overseas borrowers on the London market. The first one was issued in 1853 to finance the Matanzas and Sabanilla Railway in Cuba. Schroders established itself as a leading firm in railway finance over the next few years, raising funds for railway and infrastructure development across the US, Europe and Asia.
  • 1870
    Schroders introduced the Japanese government's first foreign loan to the London market to finance construction of Japan's first railway, between Tokyo and Yokohama.
  • 1871
    Schroders had had strong connections with Latin America since the 18th century through trade in commodities. In 1871 it was appointed as the central British and European agent for the sale of Peruvian guano. Schroders went on to support infrastructure and state finances through the region.
  • 1893
    As business in the City of London tilted from trade towards purely financial activities, bond issuing began to overtake commercial credit acceptances as Schroders' foremost source of revenue. Following Baron Bruno Schröder's arrival at the firm in 1893, its capital began to be deployed more dynamically, focusing on higher yielding securities and loans.

20th Century  

20th Century  

  • 1900
    By the start of the 20th century, Schroders was issuing bonds for clients in North and South America, South Africa, Russia, China, Japan and Europe. Schroders had 140 clients in New York at the turn of the century, reflecting the rapid expansion of the American economy.
  • 1926
    Schroders set up its first investment department. In the same year, Cazenove also began to manage funds for clients and investment trusts.
  • 1947
    Schroders won its first pension fund mandate in the UK.
  • 1959
    Schroders became a quoted public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. The London and New York firms were combined for the first time under a new holding company called Schroders Limited.
  • 1960
    Over the course of the 1960s, Schroders acquired a presence in each of the major financial markets. Subsidiary and associated companies are established in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland and other Continental European countries.
  • 1970
    In Hong Kong, Schroders & Chartered was formed as a joint venture with Chartered Bank.
  • 1971
    Schroders took its first steps into the world of alternative products, as it launched its first property fund.
  • 1999
    The existing New York operation was formed by combining the two predecessor firms - Schroder Capital Management International and Schroder Capital Management, the first of which had been registered as an Investment Advisor with the SEC since 1980.

21st Century  

21st Century  

  • 2000
    Following the sale of the investment banking arm to Citigroup, Schroders became solely focussed on asset and wealth management for the first time.
  • 2002
    Cazenove launched the first ever fund of hedge funds for charities. Schroders also opened offices in Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing and began the restructuring of its fund management business.
  • 2005
    Schroders launched the first in the Maximiser range of products. These funds use a covered call overlay strategy on top of an actively managed portfolio of stocks with the aim of providing investors with a higher level of yield in a low growth environment
  • 2009
    Schroders launched its GAIA platform, designed to provide investors with easier access to hedge fund expertise within a UCITS compliant framework
  • 2013
    As fixed income became an increasingly important part of the business, following the global financial crisis, Schroders made some targeted acquisitions in order to further enhance the existing fixed income team. This started with STW Fixed Income Management LLC in 2013 and was followed by the acquisition of Brookfield Investment Management Inc.’s asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities team in 2016.
  • 2015
    Schroders launched a new online behavioural finance tool called incomeIQ to help investors determine their unique behavioural biases when making investment decisions.
  • 2016
    As part of its continued efforts to enhance its distribution capabilities, Schroders entered into a strategic relationship with leading US based asset management company, Hartford Funds. As part of the relationship, Hartford Funds adopted 10 of Schroders' US mutual funds on to their platform.
  • 2017
    Schroders moved its North American headquarters to a new modern working environment in midtown Manhattan. This move to a more prominent location reflected Schroders’ continued focus on long-term growth in the US and Canadian markets, and increased brand visibility and awareness globally.