Global Multi-Asset Income Strategy
Global Multi-Asset Income Strategy

Global Multi-Asset Income Strategy


The Global Multi-Asset Income Strategy provides an alternate approach to income generation in an environment where the prospect of rising rates could challenge traditional income-generating asset classes. The strategy seeks to generate income through a combination of core global equity and fixed income securities, high yielding investments and an option-writing overlay.

Typical Target Yield
Typical Target Tracking Error
Investment Approach

Low current yields and the prospect of rising interest rates are challenging traditional methods used to meet income targets. By providing a nontraditional, diversified approach to income generation, our Global Multi-Asset Income Strategy represents an evolution in the search for income by expanding the typical investment universe, seeking to generate income through a strategic combination of core equity and fixed income securities, high yielding investments and an option-writing enhancement strategy. As a result, yield can be generated with less sensitivity to rising rates, helping answer today’s need for a balanced trade-off between risk, return, and attractive income.


Flexible, Tactical Approach to Income Generation

The team invests tactically across a broad multi-asset universe, limiting exposure to overvalued assets or assets where the risk contribution outweighs the yield potential. 

Pursuing Income as Part of Total Return

Combines an income-generating strategy with the GMA team's long-standing approach to global macro, thematic, multi-asset investing.

Less Sensitivity to Rates

Option strategy can offer investors potential for enhanced yield with less sensitivity to changes in rates.

Investment Process

The Global Multi Asset Income Strategy builds upon the existing investment approach used in our Global Tactical Asset Allocation and Absolute Return Strategies. The Strategy offers yield-seeking 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.

In contrast to traditional methods used to meet income targets, our flexible, tactical approach to generating yields across a broad multi-asset universe allows portfolios to generate stable income while also pursuing total returns. We aim to generate approximately one third of the Strategy’s income from core holdings in equity and fixed income securities, one third from high yielding investments such as high yield bonds, emerging market debt, REITs and infrastructure equities, and one third from an option writing overlay which enhances yield primarily through writing covered call options.


Portfolio Managers
Head of Global Multi-Asset Team
27 years industry experience
Managing Director
35 years industry experience
Managing Director
22 years industry experience
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There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline and that the value of portfolio shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equity securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging marketcountries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In a rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. High yield securities (“junk bonds”) are lower rated securities that may have a higher degree of credit and liquidity risk. Mortgage-backed securities are sensitive to early prepayment risk and a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell (liquidity risk). They are also subject to credit, market and interest rate risks. Certain U.S. government securities purchased by the Strategy, such as those issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future. Real estate investment trusts are subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate and they are sensitive to such factors as management skills and changes in tax laws. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the Portfolio’s performance. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Option writing strategy. Writing call options involves the risk that the Portfolio may be required to sell the underlying security or instrument (or settle in cash an amount of equal value) at a disadvantageous price or below the market price of such underlying security or instrument, at the time the option is exercised. As the writer of a call option, the Portfolio forgoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the underlying security or instrument covering the option above the sum of the premium and the exercise price, but retains the risk of loss should the price of the underlying security or instrument decline. Additionally, the Portfolio’s call option writing strategy may not fully protect it against declines in the value of the market. There are special risks associated with uncovered option writing which expose the Portfolio to potentially significant loss.


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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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The Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index provides a broad-based measure of the global investment grade fixed-rate debt markets. Total Returns shown in unhedged USD.

The Blended Index is comprised of 30% MSCI All Country World Index (a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The term “free float” represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends.); 50% Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index; 5% Dow Jones Brookfield Global Infrastructure Index (a float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that measures the stock performance of companies that exhibit strong infrastructure characteristics. The Index intends to measure all sectors of the infrastructure market); 5% FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index (a global market capitalization weighted index composed of listed real estate securities in the North American, European and Asian real estate markets); 5% Barclays Global High Yield Index (provides a broad-based measure of the global high-yield fixed income markets. It is comprised of the Barclays U.S. High Yield,Pan-European High Yield, U.S. Emerging Markets High Yield and Pan-European Emerging Markets High Yield indices.); 5% JPMorgan EMBI Global Index (tracks total returns for U.S. dollar-denominated debt instruments issued by emerging markets sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities: Brady Bonds, loans, Eurobonds and local market instruments for over 30 emerging market countries).

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