Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy
Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy

Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy


The Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy is a top-down global macro strategy that seeks to identify and exploit inefficiencies between markets, regions, countries, and sectors. The team seeks to capture these mispricings through a fundamentally-driven discretionary approach that is supported by quantitative tools. The Strategy invests across global asset classes, including stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities.

Typical target excess return
Typical Target tracking error
Strategy Track Record
Investment Approach

The Global Multi-Asset team believes that global multi-asset class investing presents opportunities to generate excess return due to structural inefficiencies such as home-country bias and the tendency for a majority of investors to focus on security selection. In addition, regions and countries have independent economic drivers, which often give rise to uncorrelated investment opportunities.  We also believe that investors have a tendency to extrapolate current trends into the future, mistaking cyclical dynamics for structural changes, and vice versa.  We therefore invest around major macro-economic turning points, where we think investors are most likely to misprice assets amid changing dynamics.

Thematic Approach to Multi-Asset Class Investing

We apply a global macro and thematic approach to multi-asset investing, focusing on major macroeconomic shifts and structural transformations which may give rise to asymmetric risk/ reward opportunities.

Long-standing, Disciplined Approach

Fundamentally-driven, discretionary process supported by quantitative tools.  

Disciplined Risk Management

Multiple layers of risk management, including a stop-loss policy which seeks to mitigate downside risk, and independent risk monitoring at the firm level.

Investment Process

The Global Multi-Asset team offers investors access to an investment approach focusing on opportunities arising from macroeconomic changes and structural transformations that have not yet been discounted in valuations. The team’s investment process seeks to identify attractive risk/reward opportunities based on three primary criteria: valuation, fundamental dynamics, and sentiment. The team believes that these three tools are most powerful when used in combination. The team invests in opportunities at the asset class, country, sector and thematic levels, rather than concentrating on individual security selection.

Portfolio Managers  
Cyril Moulle-Berteaux
Head of Global Multi-Asset Team
29 years industry experience
Mark Bavoso
Managing Director
37 years industry experience
Sergei Parmenov
Managing Director
24 years industry experience

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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. 

A separately managed account may not be suitable for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

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Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.


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The Blended Benchmark, as of December 31, 2014, is a weighted average of 46% Russell 3000, 23% Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index, 19% MSCI EAFE ‐ GDP weighted Net, 5% JPM Global Bond x US Net, 3% MSCI EMF Net, 3% Citi 3‐Month T‐Bill, 1% JPM EMBI Global, with monthly rebalancing, which is for comparative purposes only. The Russell 3000 Index measures the performance of the largest 3000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. The Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index is a market capitalization‐weighted index, meaning the securities in the index are weighted according to the market size of each bond. It covers most investment grade U.S traded bonds and some foreign traded in the U.S. MSCI EAFE Index, GDP weighted (Net Return) is unmanaged gross domestic product‐weighted equity index comprising 21 of the 48 countries in the MSCI universe and representing the developed world outside of North America. Each MSCI country index is created separately then aggregated, without change, into regional MSCI indices. The JPM GBI Global Ex US Bond Index tracks total returns for traded global debt instruments in the developed markets. MSCI EMF Net is a free float‐adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity‐market performance in the global emerging markets. Citi 3‐Month T‐Bill measures monthly returns equivalents of yield averages that are not marked to market and consist of the last three three‐month Treasury bill issues. The JPM Emerging Markets Bond Index Global tracks total returns for traded external debt instruments in the emerging markets. The benchmark is used for comparative purposes only.


Tracking error is the standard deviation of the difference between the portfolio and the benchmark returns. Volatility is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index.


The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

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