Our approach

We seek to provide our clients with simple solutions to meet their increasingly complex investment needs. We focus on markets and managers rather than individual stocks or bonds; this approach enables us to build multi-asset portfolios to meet a range of client objectives.

  • Includes absolute return, enhanced diversification, and traditional balanced and tactical asset allocation
  • Combines bottom-up analysis with top-down strategy
  • Our expert risk management aims to enable portfolios to perform in any environment
  • Our research team consists of specialist asset allocators and bottom-up manager researchers
  • We draw on the insights of our quantitative investment and alternatives specialists within the broader group, as well as the experts in our fixed-income, property and equity teams

Capabilities in focus


Absolute-return strategies aim to deliver positive returns regardless of market conditions. They may do this by investing in a wide range of asset classes and by employing unconventional investment approaches such as short-selling, whereby shares in a company are borrowed rather than bought, then sold with the aim of buying them back more cheaply when the price has fallen. Other approaches employed by an absolute-return fund may include arbitrage, derivatives, leverage and unconventional assets.

Standard Life Investments -
Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund
AFM Risk score 3
Insight Factsheet KIID D Acc EUR KIID B Acc EUR

Deeper Diversification

Broaden your exposure with the right perspective.

Risk warning
Risk warning – The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may get back less than the amount invested. Please refer to the risk factors in the prospectus for general and specific investment risks attached to the individual funds.