Active Equities

Investing to perform, engaging to transform

Risk warning

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.

Putting quality first

We aim to deliver long-term results for our clients by identifying and investing in quality companies and future leaders. Assessing quality is the starting point. We rate every company against our strict criteria to uncover strong business models, clear competitive advantages, industry leaders and innovators.

Fundamental research, supported by our global presence and proprietary tools, aims to allow us to identify investment opportunities ahead of the broader market and deliver differentiated portfolios of best ideas to our clients.

Powering positive engagement

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis and company engagement is integral to our equity process for managing risk and potentially generating positive returns. Using proprietary ESG ratings and other tools, we rate companies on ESG opportunities and risks, analysing their financial materiality.

Once invested in a company, we are active, engaged owners driving positive action. We focus on constructive dialogue to drive improvements and have clearly set milestones for measuring success.

Outcome-driven investment

Recognising the breadth of our clients’ investment objectives, we offer a range of distinctive, differentiated equity investment solutions. Through our global extensive research presence, we provide a broad range of client-focused strategies that include Sustainability, Income and Small and Mid-Cap investment strategies.

Utilising our deep fundamental knowledge of companies, we look to construct portfolios that are highly differentiated from the benchmark and carefully risk-managed. The result is high-conviction portfolios that aims to meet our clients’ needs, with robust risk-adjusted returns.

Our ESG approach to equity investing

We believe that ESG factors are financially material and can impact a company’s performance – either positively or negatively. Understanding ESG risks and opportunities, alongside other financial metrics, is therefore an intrinsic part of our research process.

We actively engage with the companies in which we invest with a top down Portfolio Construction Committee assessment of ESG risks by country. We screen out pipeline opportunities that do not fit with our ESG focus and objective and combine this with the insights of our investment managers, ESG equity analysts and central ESG investment team. This comprehensive approach means we can build a richer, more holistic view of each company. It also means we can consistently evaluate one company against another.

This is all part of our responsible stewardship of our clients’ assets – helping us mitigate risks, unlock opportunities and enhance potential long-term returns.

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Sustainable investing

What we invest in today will determine the world we live in tomorrow.

Emerging Market Equities

Invest to perform, engage to transform.

Chinese Equities

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Smaller Companies

Unlock the power of small

European Equities

We offer a full range of equity strategies that span the risk/return spectrum. Our portfolios share a common goal: to add value through active management.

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