How do you get downside protection?
This toolkit can help with your investment risk management. We’ll keep you informed of the latest market events, share how we've been managing downside risk in our portfolios, and equip you with important truths to hold onto during unavoidable market volatility.
Insights for times of market uncertainty
How we manage risk
What is risk management?
When it comes to investing, risk management is the active mitigation of uncertainty that surrounds all investment opportunities. Investing is inherently risky. At Russell Investments, we do not seek to avoid risk, but rather work to ensure that the right risks are taken, with the highest likelihood of compensation. We work to ensure exposure to uncompensated risk is minimized.
Investing in volatile times
At Russell Investments, we help investors manage downside risk in three ways: by diversifying sources of returns, by using a robust dynamic asset allocation process to guide tactical positioning, and by seeking effective implementation capabilities. We have been anticipating a low-return, high-volatility environment for the last 2-3 years. Accordingly, we have been dynamically adjusting our portfolio positioning to manage downside risk.
The search for returns: the low-return imperative
We believe the search for returns is not going to get any easier against a backdrop of high U.S. equity prices, narrow credit spreads and low bond yields. When expected future market returns are likely to be lower than the required rate of return, we believe an investor cannot afford to ignore any investment strategy that may offer incremental return, take on risks they do not expect to get paid for or disregard implementation efficiency.
Why downside protection may matter more than upside growth
The global macroeconomics and geopolitical outlook remains uncertain, suggesting that an environment of low rate, low growth, and high valuations may linger. Against this backdrop, preserving capital may be more important than seeking the growth of capital, because, in the investing world, losing less means requiring less to bounce back.
How we position our portfolios to help against downside risk
Complacency has no place in portfolio management. Once a portfolio or fund is built, it needs to be dynamically managed to not only take advantage of potential upside opportunities, but avoid as much downside as possible. At Russell Investments, our global portfolio managers direct multi-asset portfolios in real-time, all the time.
Important market volatility truths
Keep calm in volatile markets: Cycle of market emotions
The key to successful investing is to buy low and sell high. But more often than not, investors do the exact opposite. The reason? Investors are human. For example, many panic and cash out when markets fall. Ironically, at these times, these investors fail to recognise they are actually at the point of maximum financial opportunity.
Why a dynamic multi-asset approach matters during volatile markets
We believe nimbleness and dynamism is most beneficial during periods of market dislocation, where the elapsed time between idea and implementation is critical. As the February 5 sell-off demonstrated, markets don't work on quarterly cycles.
MARKET WEEK IN REVIEW
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2018 Global Market Outlook
Russell Investments' comprehensive quarterly report setting out our strategists' views and analysis on global investment markets and economies.
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