Extraordinary Connections

Connecting a world of expertise with you in mind

While retaining distinct investment philosophies and processes, both Standard Life Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management share a set of common investment beliefs. These are the foundations for our investment approach:

  • Active investing can generate robust long-term performance
  • A team-based ethos is central
  • ESG should be embedded within the investment approach
  • Managers should leverage their expertise across investment capabilities.

These core beliefs run through all our investment teams and across all our investment capabilities. Shared values allow investment managers to work in a collegiate manner with other managers in different teams. Investment professionals throughout our company exchange ideas and perspectives with colleagues across the globe, enhancing their investment decision-making as they seek to generate robust returns.

Aberdeen Standard Investments has the depth and scale of investment capabilities to meet the current and future needs of clients. A full suite of actively managed strategies is complemented by quantitative, rules-based approaches that systematically look to capture or enhance market return.

By maintaining this breadth of expertise, we aim to lead the way with innovative investment approaches that can target investors’ specific needs for income, return, risk control or liability management – as well as seeking to provide sources of performance across different market cycles.

Investment approach

Aberdeen Standard Investments embrace an active management approach. Focus is placed on undertaking primary, internal research and consideration of the fundamentals underlying any prospective investment.

This emphasis is supported by close collaboration between different asset-class teams. As a result, investment professionals make better-informed decisions, leveraging the full spectrum of available insights.

These common components allow us to harness the combined talents and capabilities from across both firms. With 1,000 investment professionals located across 24 offices around the world, the ability to share these insights widely is a key competitive advantage.

  • Fundamentals Driven
  • Micro & Macro Reseach
  • Long-Term Investors
  • Team-Based Ethos
  • Fully Embedded ESG
  • Shared Asset-Class Insights

Our investment capabilities

Alternatives

Alternatives

Alternative investment strategies, such as hedge funds, may provide investors with valuable sources of potential return, powerful portfolio diversification and effective ways to manage downside risk.

Through our dedicated Alternative Investment Strategies capability, we seek to provide our clients with the most compelling opportunities that the asset class can offer to help meet their investment goals.

See more about alternatives

Equities

Active Equities

Equity markets continue to offer significant growth and income potential to long-term investors, enabling them to share in the performance of both developed and emerging economies.

As leading active equity investors, we believe that fundamental company research drives performance. We focus our global resources on gaining deep understanding of individual companies and the sectors they operate in, building high-conviction portfolios that give investors direct access to our best ideas.

See more about equities

Fixed Income

Fixed income is a diverse asset class that aims to deliver diversification, income, total return and capital preservation for investors.

The Fixed Income Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments harnesses the full spectrum of fixed income markets, issuers, credit quality and both public and private and alternative credit. With over 180 fixed income specialists, our depth of knowledge and experience enables us to build a wealth of solutions – from semi-passive to highly active – to meet all investor objectives and requirements.

See more about fixed income

Real Estate

Real estate has a robust track record of enhancing portfolio diversification and delivering strong risk-adjusted returns for investors.

We offer expertise across all principal real estate sectors – enabling our clients to target opportunities in their home market and globally.

See more about real estate

Private markets

Private Markets

Private markets refer to investments not traded on a public exchange or market. In the past they were often considered too hard to access, opaque or niche for traditional investors. Now, private markets are valued and accepted as an attractive means to diversify a portfolio and achieve enhanced long-term return potential.

We have a long track record of managing private market strategies spanning real estate, private equity, infrastructure, real assets and private credit as well as having developed a number of innovative private markets solutions.

See more about Private Markets

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Liquidity

Our range of liquidity solutions seeks not only to preserve the value of capital but also to provide investors with a return in excess of traditional bank deposits. Many institutional investors find this type of solution particularly attractive as it allows them to efficiently manage their working capital. A further advantage is that these solutions can help to diversify their cash investments and therefore reduce risk.

See more about liquidity

Multi Asset

Multi-Asset

Investors’ objectives can rarely be met by investing in a single asset class. Instead, a portfolio that actively invests across multiple asset classes has more sources of potential return, can better adapt to changing market conditions and can diversify portfolio risk for a better overall experience.

As a global asset manager with expertise across all key asset classes we bring together all our capabilities to create robust multi-asset strategies that can target specific investor goals.

See more about multi-asset

Quantitative Investments

We believe that persistent inefficiencies in capital markets present opportunities for risk-adjusted return. We look to harness this potential through our global quantitative investment capability.

 See more about quantitative investments

Wealth

Aberdeen Standard Investments offers discretionary wealth-management services dedicated to delivering client-focused solutions. Through Standard Life Wealth and Aberdeen Private Wealth Management, we work with private clients, family offices, financial advisers, accountants, solicitors, trustees and charities, both in the UK and internationally. A range of investment solutions is available, each capable of being tailored to match specific requirements.

See more about wealth

Insurance

Insurance

Insurers have unique investment needs. On the one hand they need to generate sufficient returns on their assets to meet long-term commitments to policyholders. On the other, stringent regulation means that any investment risk needs to be balanced against solvency capital requirements and the potential for balance sheet volatility.

We’ve been helping insurers manage these challenges for almost 200 years. We provide access to a range of strategies and asset classes that target to help enhance the risk-adjusted return on a portfolio. Plus we provide a complete service to meet reporting and fiduciary requirements, including complete investment outsourcing where required.

See more about insurance

ESG Investment

We look to make the best possible investments for our clients by understanding the whole picture of our investments – before, during and after we invest. That includes understanding the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities they present – and how these could affect longer-term performance.

See more about ESG Investment

  • Alternatives

    Alternative investment strategies, such as hedge funds, may provide investors with valuable sources of potential return, powerful portfolio diversification and effective ways to manage downside risk.

    Through our dedicated Alternative Investment Strategies capability, we seek to provide our clients with the most compelling opportunities that the asset class can offer to help meet their investment goals.

    See more about alternatives

  • Active Equities

    Equity markets continue to offer significant growth and income potential to long-term investors, enabling them to share in the performance of both developed and emerging economies.

    As leading active equity investors, we believe that fundamental company research drives performance. We focus our global resources on gaining deep understanding of individual companies and the sectors they operate in, building high-conviction portfolios that give investors direct access to our best ideas.

    See more about equities

  • Fixed Income

    Fixed income is a diverse asset class that aims to deliver diversification, income, total return and capital preservation for investors.

    The Fixed Income Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments harnesses the full spectrum of fixed income markets, issuers, credit quality and both public and private and alternative credit. With over 180 fixed income specialists, our depth of knowledge and experience enables us to build a wealth of solutions – from semi-passive to highly active – to meet all investor objectives and requirements.

    See more about fixed income

  • Real Estate

    Real estate has a robust track record of enhancing portfolio diversification and delivering strong risk-adjusted returns for investors.

    We offer expertise across all principal real estate sectors – enabling our clients to target opportunities in their home market and globally.

    See more about real estate

  • Private Markets

    Private markets refer to investments not traded on a public exchange or market. In the past they were often considered too hard to access, opaque or niche for traditional investors. Now, private markets are valued and accepted as an attractive means to diversify a portfolio and achieve enhanced long-term return potential.

    We have a long track record of managing private market strategies spanning real estate, private equity, infrastructure, real assets and private credit as well as having developed a number of innovative private markets solutions.

    See more about Private Markets

  • Liquidity

    Our range of liquidity solutions seeks not only to preserve the value of capital but also to provide investors with a return in excess of traditional bank deposits. Many institutional investors find this type of solution particularly attractive as it allows them to efficiently manage their working capital. A further advantage is that these solutions can help to diversify their cash investments and therefore reduce risk.

    See more about liquidity

  • Multi-Asset

    Investors’ objectives can rarely be met by investing in a single asset class. Instead, a portfolio that actively invests across multiple asset classes has more sources of potential return, can better adapt to changing market conditions and can diversify portfolio risk for a better overall experience.

    As a global asset manager with expertise across all key asset classes we bring together all our capabilities to create robust multi-asset strategies that can target specific investor goals.

    See more about multi-asset

  • Quantitative Investments

    We believe that persistent inefficiencies in capital markets present opportunities for risk-adjusted return. We look to harness this potential through our global quantitative investment capability.

     See more about quantitative investments

  • Wealth

    Aberdeen Standard Investments offers discretionary wealth-management services dedicated to delivering client-focused solutions. Through Standard Life Wealth and Aberdeen Private Wealth Management, we work with private clients, family offices, financial advisers, accountants, solicitors, trustees and charities, both in the UK and internationally. A range of investment solutions is available, each capable of being tailored to match specific requirements.

    See more about wealth

  • Insurance

    Insurers have unique investment needs. On the one hand they need to generate sufficient returns on their assets to meet long-term commitments to policyholders. On the other, stringent regulation means that any investment risk needs to be balanced against solvency capital requirements and the potential for balance sheet volatility.

    We’ve been helping insurers manage these challenges for almost 200 years. We provide access to a range of strategies and asset classes that target to help enhance the risk-adjusted return on a portfolio. Plus we provide a complete service to meet reporting and fiduciary requirements, including complete investment outsourcing where required.

    See more about insurance

  • ESG Investment

    We look to make the best possible investments for our clients by understanding the whole picture of our investments – before, during and after we invest. That includes understanding the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities they present – and how these could affect longer-term performance.

    See more about ESG Investment

Warning
Risk warning - Investment involves risk. The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.