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Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Launches New Manager Analysis / Scoring Process for Fixed Income

Feb 16, 2016

New York —

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management announced today that it has launched a new manager analysis screening and scoring process for fixed income developed by the Firm’s Global Investment Manager Analysis team (GIMA).

Known as Adverse Active Alpha for fixed income, GIMA believes this process, which extends the methodology from Morgan Stanley’s patented Adverse Active Alpha equity process, can help it better analyze fixed income managers and may increase the odds of selecting those with the potential to excel in the future.

“As the ‘adverse’ denotes, one of the keys to the process is finding fixed income managers that have been able to outperform their peer groups in environments that have been unfavorable for active manager relative performance,” said Matthew Rizzo, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Strategist. “We believe that managers that performed well when conditions were most difficult and were able to do so with a degree of consistency may be more likely to possess investment skill, as opposed to managers that performed well primarily when conditions were in active managers’ favor.”

The active component of the process looks for managers that run portfolios that are truly differentiated from their benchmarks.  By combining the adverse and active components together, the Adverse Active Alpha tool is able to derive a pool of fixed income managers with greater potential for outperformance.

“With the addition of the fixed income Adverse Active Alpha process to the manager selection tool box, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management further extends its offering in manager selection across both equity and fixed income products, which is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance investment results for our financial advisors and their clients,” noted Paul Ricciardelli, Managing Director, Head of Manager Solutions, Co-Head of GIMA.

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Investing in the markets entails the risk of market volatility. Fixed Income investing entails credit risks and interest rate risks.  When interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall.

Adverse Active Alpha.  While highly ranked managers performed well as a group in the Adverse Active Alpha model back tests, not all of the managers will outperform. In addition, highly ranked managers can have differing risk profiles that might not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley’s view is that Adverse Active Alpha is a good starting point and should be used in conjunction with other information. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s qualitative and quantitative investment manager due diligence process are equally important factors for investors when considering managers for use through an investment advisory program. Factors including but not limited to, manager turnover and changes to investment process can partially or fully negate a positive Adverse Active Alpha ranking.

ADVERSE ACTIVE ALPHA is a registered service mark of Morgan Stanley and/or its affiliates. U.S. Pat. No. 8,756,098 applies to the Adverse Active Alpha system and/or methodology.

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