Features of the Russell Investments Dynamic Real Return Funds
As one of the largest investment outsourcers in the world1, with $371.0 billion in assets under management (more than three times Australia's largest super fund), we have the scale and flexibility required to deliver strong performance in an increasingly globalised and uncertain investment environment.
Best of Breed approach
No single firm has a monopoly on investment skill.
Embedded within our Dynamic Real Return Funds is an open architecture selection process, scouring the globe for the best investment opportunities, wherever they reside.
Our analysts seek to identify superior investment manager talent through a proprietary research process based on objective analysis. As the list narrows, we conduct on-site , in-depth, face-to-face interviews with the top managers. This effort relies on a team of 24 charterholders and 1 PhD ranking and classifying a universe of more than 7,500 investment products across the globe. This includes monitoring more than 2,306 investment manager firms2. Complementing this, we are also recognised for being among the most thorough in operational due diligence in the industry3.
We combine decades of consulting experience, proprietary analytics and our renowned manager research to bring the optimal combination of managers in each asset class.
Globally based manager researchers and portfolio managers
The majority of investment opportunities reside outside of Australia.
We operate a global business with specialists in the major markets around the world. Unlike many competitors, we do not buy manager research and we do not research managers on an annual 'fly in, fly out' research trip.
We value local knowledge, building a dedicated team of almost 300 professionals in 21 countries. We base our portfolio managers and manager researchers in the markets in which they work allowing them to better understand their portfolios, enabling quicker and more decisive action.
Additionally, our scale allows our portfolio managers and researchers to genuinely specialise. Roles are designed to avoid the distractions and competing responsibilities inherent in a more generalist role.
Ultimately this leads to higher quality investment ideas for inclusion in the funds.
The investment landscape of today requires a deeper level of skill and expertise to manage investments effectively.
Our Dynamic Real Return Funds are managed by our global multi-asset team with a robust track record.
The team has spent decades refining our approach to multi-asset investing, both through empirical research and direct observation. When you invest in one of our funds, you gain access to all of this experience and expertise.
In Australia the team is led by Andrew Sneddon. With around 20 years of experience across two continents, Andrew is responsible for the management of the Dynamic Real Return Series.
Additional return sources
In the current low return environment, traditional sources of return are not reaching their historical highs.
Along with traditional asset classes, the Dynamic Real Return Funds give investors access to a broad array of non-traditional asset classes including real assets, alternative yield sources, non-directional absolute return strategies and esoteric investment strategies. Strategies that may not be accessible to average investor.
For example, your portfolio may utilise:
- long- or short-term absolute return strategies that do not depend on the underlying direction of the share market
- volatility strategies that reduce the funds' reliance on traditional equity risk premia
- alternative yield sources, such as senior bank loans, that reduce exposure to rising interest rates
With drawdowns greater than 5% doubling in the last 10 years, downside protection strategies have become even more crucial.
Beyond asset allocation and manager selection, the funds use a number of strategies to reduce downside risk. Two notable active strategies include shares substitution and shares downside protection. These strategies are particularly important in market environments like today, when share valuations and downside risks are both high.
Shares substitution strategies see the funds invest in asset classes that offer equity-like returns, but with less risk. For example, in 2016 high yield bonds and Australian bank loans were key share replacement strategies. In 2017, emerging market local debt and global bank loans have been successful strategies.
Shares downside protection is utilised for the remaining shares exposure. Both our US and European equity exposures employ option protection, executed by out fiduciary team, further protecting downside risk.
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