Strategic Client Solutions

Client investment needs often go beyond pure asset management. Many want an experienced partner that can help them address key strategic challenges such as increased regulatory requirements, cost pressures or the impact of low interest rates and subdued investment returns.

Our Strategic Client Solutions team helps clients to address these and many other challenges. By working in close partnership, the team looks at each challenge holistically in the context of a client’s overall business and long-term goals.

Through this highly bespoke approach, we have become a trusted partner to pension funds, insurers, wealth managers and sovereign wealth funds in Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Holistic capabilities to guide clients on their investment journey

Examples of services we currently provide to our clients

Portfolio design and modeling

We work with clients to sketch out high level desired portfolio characteristics such as broad asset class exposures and allocation constraints. This can include initial risk/return modeling and potential use of reference portfolio. The key to getting this right is prioritizing individual client objectives (e.g. returns v risk, budget v capital requirements).

Equities

Benchmark modeling

We are able to model various "Reference Portfolios" based on (ultra) long horizon asset assumptions, to assist clients in their ongoing governance and monitoring of achievement versus environment and expectations. This needs to be clearly articulated in line with a client’s investment approach and understanding of risk and opportunity.

Governance framework / design implementation

Short-term governance considerations focus on the terms of the mandate, how they are implemented, and the ongoing monitoring processes. Longer-term governance requires an assessment of whether the premise for the current portfolio allocations has changed, with potential for customization to ensure the decision making is guided by “what matters”.

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Asset liability (goal) management

We have a long history of providing liability hedging and managing liability aware portfolios. Our insurance heritage and experience of managing annuities also naturally extends to liability driven investment (LDI) and cashflow driven investment (CDI) solutions for pension schemes. At the heart of our liability-aware investing philosophy is a belief that the best way to serve our clients is through a dynamic and agile investment process that puts their interests “front and center”. We recognize that all clients are unique and work with them to meet their specific requirements with bespoke solutions.

Portfolio construction and optimization

We employ a rigorous optimization process based around mean variance and Monte Carlo modelling. Our modelling looks at various risk/return statistics in both absolute terms and also relative to the reference portfolio or benchmark (if relevant) using forward looking expectations for asset class returns, risk and covariance. Other approaches we may take include: focusing on balance across a broader array of risks beyond simply volatility (e.g. drawdown); focusing on a specific goal, such as income or inflation sensitivity; or building a portfolio around underlying risk factors (credit risk, equity risk etc.) rather than simple asset classes.

Risk modeling and scenario analysis

We stress test our assumptions (including thematic views), consider statistical significance of optimal portfolios versus subjective alternatives, run alternative risk models (Monte Carlo, pure risk, forward looking scenario analysis, cash-flow matching etc.), and consider bottom-up opportunities and implementation issues (including FX). Our systems use a mix of fundamental and statistical relationships to produce credible joint behaviors across a range of different return drivers and calibrate to reflect the Global Strategy Team’s views on expected returns.

Strategic and tactical asset allocation

We determine target asset allocation relative to framework and agree guidelines and time frames for ongoing evolution of that allocation. We focus on forward looking estimates of return and aim for efficient diversification. Quantitative optimization sets the framework with qualitative insight to account for a wide range of peripheral factors which pure reliance on ‘the data’ may miss. We take shorter term views for tactical asset allocation, looking to valuation mismatches and shorter term trends to exploit. This can be implemented through trading or derivative overlays depending on most appropriate and efficient method available.

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Macro research

Our Global Strategy team leads our work on deriving expected returns , making use of economic forecasts, implied market views and assumptions about historical trends and mean reversion. Our analysis is informed by varied research inputs, including global economic modelling, investment bank and institutional forecasts. This provides us with a well-informed and differentiated view of the macro-economic outlook and drivers of asset class returns.

Manager research and selection

We operate a specialist Multi-Manager Strategies team focused on long-only third party manager research, plus a dedicated Alternative Investment Strategies team, covering hedge fund strategies, liquid alternatives, and alternative risk premia. In addition, our private market solutions team can provide research, insight and selection spanning private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt.

Education

We aim to be thought leaders and have made available multiple education programs to our clients in line with their requirements. Sharing best ideas and resources are an essential part of a long-term partnership, and we believe that continuous client training programs are one of the cornerstones for maintaining strong relationships.

  • Portfolio design and modeling

    We work with clients to sketch out high level desired portfolio characteristics such as broad asset class exposures and allocation constraints. This can include initial risk/return modeling and potential use of reference portfolio. The key to getting this right is prioritizing individual client objectives (e.g. returns v risk, budget v capital requirements).

  • Equities

    Benchmark modeling

    We are able to model various "Reference Portfolios" based on (ultra) long horizon asset assumptions, to assist clients in their ongoing governance and monitoring of achievement versus environment and expectations. This needs to be clearly articulated in line with a client’s investment approach and understanding of risk and opportunity.

  • Governance framework / design implementation

    Short-term governance considerations focus on the terms of the mandate, how they are implemented, and the ongoing monitoring processes. Longer-term governance requires an assessment of whether the premise for the current portfolio allocations has changed, with potential for customization to ensure the decision making is guided by “what matters”.

  • coins

    Asset liability (goal) management

    We have a long history of providing liability hedging and managing liability aware portfolios. Our insurance heritage and experience of managing annuities also naturally extends to liability driven investment (LDI) and cashflow driven investment (CDI) solutions for pension schemes. At the heart of our liability-aware investing philosophy is a belief that the best way to serve our clients is through a dynamic and agile investment process that puts their interests “front and center”. We recognize that all clients are unique and work with them to meet their specific requirements with bespoke solutions.

  • Portfolio construction and optimization

    We employ a rigorous optimization process based around mean variance and Monte Carlo modelling. Our modelling looks at various risk/return statistics in both absolute terms and also relative to the reference portfolio or benchmark (if relevant) using forward looking expectations for asset class returns, risk and covariance. Other approaches we may take include: focusing on balance across a broader array of risks beyond simply volatility (e.g. drawdown); focusing on a specific goal, such as income or inflation sensitivity; or building a portfolio around underlying risk factors (credit risk, equity risk etc.) rather than simple asset classes.

  • Risk modeling and scenario analysis

    We stress test our assumptions (including thematic views), consider statistical significance of optimal portfolios versus subjective alternatives, run alternative risk models (Monte Carlo, pure risk, forward looking scenario analysis, cash-flow matching etc.), and consider bottom-up opportunities and implementation issues (including FX). Our systems use a mix of fundamental and statistical relationships to produce credible joint behaviors across a range of different return drivers and calibrate to reflect the Global Strategy Team’s views on expected returns.

  • Strategic and tactical asset allocation

    We determine target asset allocation relative to framework and agree guidelines and time frames for ongoing evolution of that allocation. We focus on forward looking estimates of return and aim for efficient diversification. Quantitative optimization sets the framework with qualitative insight to account for a wide range of peripheral factors which pure reliance on ‘the data’ may miss. We take shorter term views for tactical asset allocation, looking to valuation mismatches and shorter term trends to exploit. This can be implemented through trading or derivative overlays depending on most appropriate and efficient method available.

  • portofolio monitor

    Macro research

    Our Global Strategy team leads our work on deriving expected returns , making use of economic forecasts, implied market views and assumptions about historical trends and mean reversion. Our analysis is informed by varied research inputs, including global economic modelling, investment bank and institutional forecasts. This provides us with a well-informed and differentiated view of the macro-economic outlook and drivers of asset class returns.

  • Manager research and selection

    We operate a specialist Multi-Manager Strategies team focused on long-only third party manager research, plus a dedicated Alternative Investment Strategies team, covering hedge fund strategies, liquid alternatives, and alternative risk premia. In addition, our private market solutions team can provide research, insight and selection spanning private equity, real estate, infrastructure, natural resources and private debt.

  • Education

    We aim to be thought leaders and have made available multiple education programs to our clients in line with their requirements. Sharing best ideas and resources are an essential part of a long-term partnership, and we believe that continuous client training programs are one of the cornerstones for maintaining strong relationships.

Key Benefits

Client empathy

Our experienced portfolio managers have a range of backgrounds – from insurance and banking, to pensions and consultancy. Our empathy with the challenges and pressures that clients face drives us to develop and deliver solutions in the context of each client’s own regulatory framework and investment history.

Harnessing global resources

We harness Aberdeen Standard Investments’ full global investment resources, providing access to investment specialists, macro and market insights, operational support and risk oversight.

Helping to simplify

Whether it is insight on a specific issue, ongoing advice or fiduciary management, our solutions are there to make life easier for each client.