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​

On the ground in emerging markets
Portfolio Manager Greg Mattiko profiles the COVID-19 pandemic’s varied outcomes on different emerging markets, explores the potential opportunities from falling correlations, and highlights the benefits of a global approach to emerging market investing.
September 2020
On the ground in emerging markets
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On the ground in Asia with Niraj Bhagwat
Portfolio Manager Niraj Bhagwat offers his local perspective on Asia, sharing the opportunities and risks he sees in today's volatile and challenging markets.
September 2020
On the ground in Asia with Niraj Bhagwat
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Monthly Market Snapshot: August 2020
A monthly update on equity, fixed income, currency, and commodity markets.
September 2020
Monthly Market Snapshot: August 2020
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Sharpening our edge: Investing with data science
In the first part of our new iSci stories series, we explore how data science is increasingly providing our investors with differentiated insights and discuss the value of robust collaboration between our investors and data scientists.
September 2020
Sharpening our edge: Investing with data science
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Managing risk in an unconstrained fixed income strategy
Learn why we believe the integration of risk management throughout the investment process and the use of multiple lenses are crucial for approaches that span multiple styles, regions, asset types, and credit tiers.
September 2020
Managing risk in an unconstrained fixed income strategy
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Expanding the liability-hedging tool kit: A securitized solution?
Concerned about concentration risk, liquidity issues, and other factors that can affect long corporate bond allocations, derisking pension plans are seeking opportunities to diversify their liability-hedging allocations. In this paper, members of our LDI Team share their research on securitized assets as a potential alternative.
September 2020
Expanding the liability-hedging tool kit: A securitized solution?
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Setting ROAs for 2021: A guide for US public and corporate plans
How are pension plans adjusting their ROA assumptions? How do those assumptions line up with our long-term capital market assumptions? Find out in this annual update.
September 2020
Setting ROAs for 2021: A guide for US public and corporate plans
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Credit dispersion continues: Q&A
Portfolio Manager Ryan Valente offers his insights on today's dispersion-driven credit opportunities, changes since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the value of managing alternatives credit at Wellington.
September 2020
Credit dispersion continues: Q&A
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