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​

Seeing an end to the ESG blind spot in private equity
ESG's role is coming into focus in the private market, says Hillary Flynn, director of ESG, Private Investments. She discusses governance, climate, and other key themes; the higher bar for newly IPO'd companies; and the evolving activist playbook.
January 2021
Seeing an end to the ESG blind spot in private equity
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Mapping the impact of climate change
In this three-minute video, we share the climate-exposure risk-analysis tool we have developed in partnership with Woodwell Climate Research Center. This software helps our investment teams track and assess physical climate risks facing capital-market assets around the world.
January 2021
Mapping the impact of climate change
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Tim Antonelli
 CFA, FRM, SCR
DC plans: Three investment ideas for 2021
After an extremely trying 2020, DC plan sponsors are hopeful that 2021 will bring more opportunities than challenges. Director of Defined Contribution Jed Petty highlights three areas that may be worth focusing on in the new year.
January 2021
DC plans: Three investment ideas for 2021
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A new framework for downside mitigation
Learn why Multi-Asset Strategists Nick Samouilhan and Adam Berger argue for a multi-pronged downside mitigation approach in today’s environment.
January 2021
A new framework for downside mitigation
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Nick Samouilhan
 PhD, CFA, FRM
Insurers: A potent plan of attack for 2021
In this video and companion paper, Multi-Asset Insurance Strategist Tim Antonelli lays out several proposed areas of focus to help insurers successfully navigate 2021 after a grueling 2020.
January 2021
Insurers: A potent plan of attack for 2021
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Tim Antonelli
 CFA, FRM, SCR
Annual letter from our CEO: Reflections on passing the baton
After a year like no other, CEO Brendan Swords looks ahead to 2021 and the upcoming transition to the firm's next CEO. He discusses the mission of the firm, career lessons learned, and the elevated importance of a strong culture in a more virtual world.
January 2021
Annual letter from our CEO: Reflections on passing the baton
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Climate: Today’s investment actions to address long-term challenges
This event replay from the 2020 Financial Times Investing for Good conference features Wellington's Director of Sustainable Investment Wendy Cromwell, discussing the importance of bridging the gap between climate science and finance, the kind of research and data required to support that, and work being done in conjunction with asset owners to help scientists and investors speak the same language.
January 2021
Climate: Today’s investment actions to address long-term challenges
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Upgrading fintech infrastructure: Don’t forget the incumbents
We explore the fast-growing trend of upgrading fintech infrastructure, profile the key markets driving the opportunity, and share an example of the virtuous innovation cycle this technology can create.
December 2020
Upgrading fintech infrastructure: Don’t forget the incumbents
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