For over 17 years, we have partnered with institutional investors including public and corporate pension funds, authorities and insurance companies. We have also worked with family offices, charities and endowment funds to help them preserve and grow their capital.
Investment decisions continue to remain complex. Several years after the financial crisis, the global economy still remains unbalanced and many of the developed countries struggle to return to sustained growth. This has had an impact on the markets with developed markets equities remaining strong but at the cost of growth and unemployment.
Commodities have suffered as have emerging markets equities from the slowing down of economic growth particularly in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries. In the context of this global background and a zero interest rate environment, more than ever, institutions need more expertise, resources and time to put their capital to work.
We know that each institution has very different sets of challenges. Insurance companies need to adhere to new regulations such as Solvency II. Pension funds are wrestling with changing demographics as a higher proportion of retired people to young puts a strain on their liability matching capabilities.
There is also the risk of homogeneity as large numbers of investors chase the same assets and it becomes increasingly difficult to generate differentiated levels of return.
We understand the challenges that institutions face and bring our expertise and experience to help them navigate in a complex investment environment.