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​

Demystifying decumulation: A practical guide
Investors seeking a sound decumulation strategy must consider a host of variables, including risks that weren't on the radar when they were accumulating assets. Members of our Investment Strategy team consider the interaction between portfolio withdrawals and specific characteristics of the portfolio's realized return. They also offer thoughts on successful decumulation strategies, focusing on portfolio construction, process design, and implementation.
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May 2022
Demystifying decumulation: A practical guide
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2021 Sustainability Report
Sustainability is a strategic priority for our firm and an integral part of our commitment to our clients. By focusing on our clients’ objectives and pairing intellectual curiosity with discipline, we believe we can help our clients meet their long-term goals in a changing world. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach to advancing sustainable practices across our investment, client, and infrastructure platforms.
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May 2022
2021 Sustainability Report
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The evolution of private equity and implications for allocators
Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond highlights key themes in private equity markets and explores implications for asset owners.
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April 2022
The evolution of private equity and implications for allocators
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Monthly Market Snapshot: March 2022
A monthly update on equity, fixed income, currency, and commodity markets.
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April 2022
Monthly Market Snapshot: March 2022
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Climate investing: The case for a market-neutral approach
We explore why climate change is a compelling organizing principle for investing and highlight the potential benefits and risks of market-neutral implementations.
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April 2022
Climate investing: The case for a market-neutral approach
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Allocating to hybrid strategies: A multiple-choice decision
Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond considers the options available to allocators deciding where hybrid or crossover strategies fit best in their asset mix.
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April 2022
Allocating to hybrid strategies: A multiple-choice decision
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<span>Insurance Multi-Asset Outlook — </span>Higher inflation, rising rates: Front and center for insurers
With macro and market complications piling up through the first few months of 2022, Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist Tim Antonelli provides his investment implications for global insurers.
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April 2022
Insurance Multi-Asset Outlook — Higher inflation, rising rates: Front and center for insurers
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Tim Antonelli
 CFA, FRM, SCR
Russia/Ukraine: Transformational, <em>not</em> transitory   
Four Wellington thought leaders share their distinct individual perspectives on the short- and longer-term implications of the tragic watershed conflict between Russia and Ukraine: Geopolitical Strategist Thomas Mucha on the geopolitical backdrop; Macro Strategist John Butler on what it means for Europe; Macro Strategist Santiago Millán on the role of China; and Portfolio Manager David Chang on the commodities markets.
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April 2022
Russia/Ukraine: Transformational, not transitory  
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