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​

Monthly Market Snapshot: May 2021
A monthly update on equity, fixed income, currency, and commodity markets.
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June 2021
Monthly Market Snapshot: May 2021
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Inflation’s big comeback: Should corporate pensions care?
It's been a long time since anyone worried about inflation getting off the ground. That seems to be changing, and for corporate plans, we think the risk is greater for return-seeking portfolios than liability-hedging portfolios. But we also believe that falling inflation is more worrisome than rising inflation. In this paper, we consider the implications and the potential role of different return-seeking allocations in preparing for various inflation outcomes.
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June 2021
Inflation’s big comeback: Should corporate pensions care?
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A theme is not an index
We explore the case for active thematic investing and highlight the importance of avoiding theme-washing.
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June 2021
A theme is not an index
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New derivatives regulations: Adapting to rule 18f-4
We explore the impact of new SEC derivatives rule 18f-4 and highlight how we can help our clients adapt to the new requirements.
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June 2021
New derivatives regulations: Adapting to rule 18f-4
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ESG playbook for insurers: Tune out the noise
In this video interview, Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist Tim Antonelli provides a playbook for how insurers should approach ESG. Tim offers an actionable to-do list, addresses common misconceptions, and shares forward-thinking ideas to anticipate and manage risk. Tim is interviewed by Account Manager Sarah Marschok who offers color on the investment themes she is observing in the market.
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June 2021
ESG playbook for insurers: Tune out the noise
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Net Zero Asset Managers initiative
By targeting net-zero emissions, investors can contribute to the global decarbonization effort. But what does this mean in practice? How do we pursue net zero while aiming to deliver competitive investment returns for clients? Our incoming CEO discusses our net-zero commitment, and members of our Sustainable Investing Team explain how we are approaching it.
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June 2021
Net Zero Asset Managers initiative
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<em>Investment bytes – Asia tech</em><br> <span>Local solutions for local markets</span>
We profile the growth of local Asia tech solutions for local markets, a promising trend we believe continues to thrive in the wake of COVID-19 and the US-China trade war.
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June 2021
Investment bytes – Asia tech
Local solutions for local markets
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A source-based approach to managing inflation risk
Multi-Asset Strategists Nick Samouilhan and Adam Berger present a source-based investment “playbook” that asset allocators can follow as they seek to neutralize the looming threat of higher inflation.
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June 2021
A source-based approach to managing inflation risk
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Nick Samouilhan
 PhD, CFA, FRM