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We believe portfolio management should entail measuring and controlling both risk and return. Returns from general equity market exposure, or Beta, are attractive but contain many risks or exposures which are detrimental and sub optimal. Active management can provide a superior risk return outcome to the passive adoption of index replicating strategies. Even ‘smart’ Beta makes dumb portfolios.
We believe quantitative and traditional models are complementary and not competing approaches and if well utilised in conjunction, are stronger than either used alone.
Since any competitive advantage is under constant pressure, there is a constant need for research and process enhancements. Our clients should pay for value added and not just Beta or returns from buying the market.
“Build Smarter Portfolios”
Broad market benchmarks are tough to beat. They reflect all available information and rapidly adjust to new. It’s a competitive industry and there are many smart people competing. Active managers most likely possess only small competitive advantages.
Some benchmarks are harder to beat than others since they contain higher exposures to certain characteristics associated with outperformance. These increasingly are available to investors as “low cost” options and are commonly known as “smart Beta” or Factor indices.
We like factor indices and believe investors should reference the index that best reflects their investment preference and measure the added value of their active managers relative to this approach. A value manager should aim to beat a value factor index and a growth manager should aim to beat a growth biased factor index.
However, ‘smart’ Beta alone makes dumb portfolios. They typically include all the stocks in the underlying investment universe regardless of their prospective risk adjusted returns and re-balance on a calendar cycle regardless of market opportunities. In no way are they optimal portfolios.
We actively ‘Build Smarter Portfolios’. This process captures the key risk attributes of our preferred smart beta index and adds alpha (additional return) through superior asset selection, portfolio construction and implementation.
Benefits to Clients
API Capital investment strategies offer a proven, active approach to build efficient, effective, risk-controlled portfolios that deliver superior return outcomes. We provide the flexibility of direct market investing with us as your manager or through our model portfolio service where you remain in control of the assets and strategy execution.
The IMA active strategies offer smaller clients the opportunity to invest internationally with ‘institutional quality’ investment analysis and portfolio implementation.
API’s Alpha Plus approach provides superior implementation of any smart beta index, as well as better results relative to other active strategies.
Across all our strategies, we offer superior performance at a competitive price with a high touch client service in the Asia Pacific region.
We offer a combination of ‘timing’ models and asset class definitions to periodically recommend exposure adjustment to different asset classes. We monitor factor indices to provide equity style tilts and map private equity, or illiquid assets, to equivalent listed assets allowing us to offer a full asset allocation model combining Beta and Alpha.