Multi-manager solutions

We seek to combine independent sources of alpha from Wellington Management’s broad array of investment approaches using proprietary risk research.

INVESTMENT PRINCIPLES

Our multi-manager solutions team has developed key principles that encapsulate the team members’ strongly held beliefs, including:

  • High active share is a useful measure of alpha potential, a critical element in structuring equity allocations, and a defense against closet indexing. This principle is based on the team’s belief that the potential to generate alpha increases as managers differentiate their portfolios from their benchmarks. Moreover, it helps guide the team’s efforts to ensure alpha potential remains high when constructing multi-manager portfolios for clients.
  • The impact of risk factors on returns has increased materially and, given structural changes to markets, is unlikely to decline. In addition, the team members believe risk factors are more nuanced and numerous than the classic “nine style box” would suggest. Therefore, they have created a detailed proprietary risk-factor framework that they employ in internal risk analysis and in the management of client portfolios.
  • Investment decisions should be guided by risk considerations. The team’s manager allocation process, factor research, and risk tools. As a result, they typically have a mandate to pursue alpha for clients but with a specific risk profile.
Gregg Thomas

In recent years, the frequency of risk-factor outliers has increased dramatically, and today risk factors are generally on par with security selection in terms of their impact on portfolio performance.

Gregg Thomas, Director of Investment Strategy

EXPLORE INSIGHTS​

2021 Investment Outlook
As we head into the new year, thought leaders from across our investment platform share their views on pressing questions.
December 2020
2021 Investment Outlook
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2021 Fixed Income Outlook
Mercifully for many market participants, 2020 is drawing to a close. Despite persistent risks and challenges in today's extraordinary environment, Fixed Income Portfolio Managers Rob Burn and Campe Goodman see areas of value and opportunity for fixed income investors heading into 2021.
December 2020
2021 Fixed Income Outlook
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2021 Equity Outlook
In our 2021 Equity Outlook we offer our Fundamental Factor Team's latest insights, share multiple views on value investing, explore the latest opportunities in emerging markets post COVID, profile the increasing impact of innovation and technology, and outline Wellington’s growing ESG integration capabilities.
December 2020
2021 Equity Outlook
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The post-COVID economy: A productivity booster shot
Macro Strategist Juhi Dhawan thinks US growth will benefit from a revival in labor productivity in coming years, aided by a digital revolution that's getting a boost from recent technology investments across many areas of the economy.
December 2020
The post-COVID economy: A productivity booster shot
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Fighting downgrade drag to reduce pension liability lag
Even robustly constructed liability benchmarks can struggle to keep pace with the liabilities they are meant to represent, and credit-rating downgrades of issuers in the benchmark are a primary culprit. In this paper, members of our LDI Team define the problem and offer ideas to help plan sponsors and LDI managers work together to fight back.
November 2020
Fighting downgrade drag to reduce pension liability lag
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Bill Cole
 CFA, CAIA
Louis Liu
 PhD, CFA, ASA, MAAA
2021 Multi-Asset Outlook
Will 2021 bring another roller-coaster ride for markets? Our 2021 Multi-Asset Outlook, looks at 2020's market rotation and offers investment themes for 2021.
November 2020
2021 Multi-Asset Outlook
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2021 Global Economic Outlook
Our 2021 economic outlook describes the forces we believe will shape macro & market events, including significant geopolitical risks with strong 2021 growth likely.
November 2020
2021 Global Economic Outlook
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An insurer’s guide to fixed income: Setting the record straight on rates and credit
Investment Directors Abigail Babson, Amar Reganti, and Anand Dharan lay out their proposed framework for building a more resilient fixed income allocation that is equal to the challenges of today's environment.
November 2020
An insurer's guide to fixed income: Setting the record straight on rates and credit
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