Counterpoint Global

Counterpoint Global

Counterpoint Global


Morgan Stanley Counterpoint Global seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in established and emerging companies throughout the world. To help  achieve its objective, the investment team seeks companies with strong name recognition, sustainable competitive advantages, strong free cash flow yields and favorable returns on invested capital trends.

The team focuses on long-term growth rather than short-term events, with their stock selection informed by rigorous  fundamental analysis. The portfolio managers will collaborate to opportunistically allocate and rebalance assets across underlying investment strategies.

Investment Approach

Counterpoint Global believes that it may achieve value-added  investment results more consistently through bottom-up analysis  and qualitative judgment rather than through top-down  forecasting. Additionally, the team holds that optimal stock  selection is primarily a function of making long-term investments  in companies with: inherent sustainable competitive advantages  (such as a patent portfolio, a network or community effect, etc.);  brand-name recognition; the ability to redeploy capital at high  rates of return; and strong free-cash-flow yield three to five years in  the future. These characteristics, in the team’s view, provide the  potential for consistent long-term growth and competitive returns.

The team believes that the development of insights is valuable to  the investment process, and guiding principles combined with  intellectual and process flexibility are critical to strong decision-  making in pursuit of attractive investments.


Counterpoint Global’s long-term incentive compensation  program requires investors to allocate a significant portion  of deferred compensation into the portfolios they manage.


Their generalist approach and disruptive change research  are unique in an industry that leans toward specialization.  They promote cross-disciplinary thinking where investors  follow areas with distinctly different business models.


Counterpoint Global has a distinctive culture that  encourages innovation, evolution and continued learning


The team has been managing money since 1998. They have  a long-term investment horizon that promotes perspective  and insight.

Investment Process
Idea generation

The team generates investment ideas through an ongoing set of activities  conducted individually and collaboratively, including: (i) involvement in  contact networks across industries and in the investment management  business; (ii) its reading network; (iii) its focus on return on invested capital  and free cash flow yield; (iv) team discussions; (v) the identification of  patterns; (vi) conventional-valuation and coverage biases, among others; and (vii) continual research on current company holdings.

Bottom-up analysis and valuation

Their quality criteria include business visibility, a diverse customer base, the  sustainability of growth and low capital intensity. Valuation focuses on three-  to five-year free cash flow yield and endgame, a five-year market capitalization  calculation.

Disruptive change research

To complement its in-depth, bottom-up research, the team’s disruptive change  researcher investigates big ideas and emerging themes that may have far-  reaching consequences, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Portfolio construction and implementation

The team’s portfolios are actively managed and built to maximize expected  value. Company weightings are primarily determined by the quality of the idea  and the team’s conviction. Dennis Lynch leads decision-making along with the  investor responsible for a company and perhaps one other investor.

Dennis Lynch
Head of Counterpoint Global
27 years industry experience
Kristian Heugh
Managing Director
20 years industry experience


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

There is no assurance that a strategy 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. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy 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 the risks generally associated with  investments in foreign developed countries. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Asset allocation to various underlying investment strategies may cause the portfolio to underperform a particular individual strategy, including those with a similar investment objective. It is possible that assets could be allocated to investment strategies that perform poorly or underperform other investments under various market conditions. Asia market entails liquidity risk due to the small markets and low trading volume in many countries. In addition, companies in the region tend to be volatile and there is a significant possibility of loss. Stocks of small- and medium-capitalization companies entail special risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial resources, and greater market volatility than securities of larger, more established companies. Derivative instruments may disproportionately increase losses and have a significant impact on performance. They also may be subject to counterparty, liquidity, valuation, correlation and market risks.

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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. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate 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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