The value of your investments and the income from them may go down as well as up, and you could get back less than you invested.

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How we manage money

Is managing money an art or a science? We definitely lean more towards science

Our seven guiding principles have stood us in good stead, particularly during tough economic times.

Asset allocation and a long-term timeframe is key
We believe the majority of returns are driven by asset allocation, so it’s important to get this right. By staying invested for the long term, you avoid missing the best increases in the market.
Nobody has perfect foresight
We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, so we ensure that portfolios are properly diversified. We steer clear of being too reliant on specific assets or regions.
Financial markets are not always efficient
We add value through tactical tilts in portfolios. We layer agile tactics over a foundation of fundamental strategies.
Emotional responses can damage wealth
Making decisions based on emotions can be damaging. We rely on experience, discipline and patience.
It’s important to be objective
We collaborate with specialist third parties to ensure our opinions are informed and impartial.
Controlling costs is critical
The impact of costs can be significant on clients’ investments. We’re flexible in the way we invest (active or passive) and are always striving to drive down costs.
Learn lessons
We constantly review and evolve our investment process.

Our approach

We believe that to do something properly, you have to have a plan. In our case, that means a long-term investment plan for each portfolio. Our teams are structured to fulfil this plan, and identify any short-term tweaks we can make. Our process ensures that each decision is carefully considered, monitored and reviewed.

Investment Risk
Strategic asset allocation (SAA)
The foundation of our portfolios and risk-rated funds is our SAA, taking a long-term view of five to 20 years. Our strategy team advises which asset classes have the most potential for growth, with our investment committee having the final say.
Tactical asset allocation (TAA)
At the same time, our tactical asset allocation committee thinks about shorter-term opportunities (three to 60 months), applying temporary tilts to maximise returns. Here too, the investment committee has the final word.
Portfolio selection
To deliver our SAA and TAA, our Portfolio Management Team have a rigorous manager selection process, using criteria such as performance, investment process and portfolio positioning.
Risk management
Our Investment Risk Team independently analyse all our positions and portfolios. Looking at different time periods and risk environments, they use an industry-leading risk system, and tools such as stress testing and scenario analysis.
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