Multi-asset funds

Meeting client expectations

Why multi-asset?

We believe in improving financial security for people. We believe that the best way to achieve this is for investors to take a total portfolio approach. We call this multi-asset investing.

Multi-asset explained

Multi-asset investing is the process of gaining exposure to a globally diverse mix of asset classes and styles in one investment portfolio. This approach increases the probability of meeting your investment goals.

Our approach to multi-asset investing

We believe robust multi-asset portfolios should invest across many dimensions, including return source, risk exposure, investment style and investment horizon. We also believe these investments should be dynamic and flexible, responding to the ever-changing market conditions, but also responding to your evolving needs.

Balancing risks and returns

We focus on the total portfolio, working to ensure that it represents the best available risk and return trade-offs. Assessing and managing total portfolio exposures involves a combination of principles, evolving market insights and portfolio views. This assessment and management combines long-term views on return sources and current market dynamics.

Russell Investments' multi-asset products

  • Multi-Asset Growth Strategies (MAGS) – to capture multiple returns sources, MAGS invests in a diverse range of asset classes and strategies. On top of traditional asset classes like equities and bonds, the fund exploits carefully selected liquid alternative strategies. These include real assets, specifically commodities, listed property and infrastructure, absolute return products, and active currency strategies.

  • Defensive Growth – invests across a range of lower-risk asset classes. Diversification across defensive assets means moderate additional risk can be taken within certain sectors such as corporate bonds to enhance returns – without compromising the overall portfolio's stability and efficiency.

  • Real Assets –aims to provide exposure to a diversified portfolio of asset classes that are directly or indirectly linked to physical assets, or assets we believe have a tendency to maintain their real value over time (after inflation). Through its well balanced and complementary spread of investments, the portfolio has a higher expected return and risk than that of bonds or cash, but lower than equities.

  • Income – combines income from different sources to generate above-average, high-quality income, while seeking to preserve and grow capital. We look to source income from multiple geographies, asset classes and sectors.

  • Alpha and Absolute Return Equity – these funds combine our multi-style investment approach with a portable alpha strategy. They isolate and deliver manager excess return versus a benchmark (alpha) from the best strategy sources we can find, while removing equity risk (beta).


Any opinion expressed is that of Russell Investments, is not a statement of fact, is subject to change and does not constitute investment advice.

The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may not get back the amount originally invested.