In the world of finance, risk management refers to the practice of identifying potential risks in advance, analyzing them and taking precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk. These threats may be in the form of high inflation, market volatility, or recession risk.
Multi-asset funds not only diversify risk by asset class, but also employ risk management strategies to reduce potential downside risk and portfolio volatility.
Different asset classes have different levels of risk associated with them. The riskiest is generally considered to be equity investment, which can also offer the greatest potential returns.
As one of the UK’s leading investment managers, LGIM offers knowledge and experience that can bring real benefit to investors looking to control risk in their portfolios, and achieve a smoother path to reaching their desired client outcomes.
Our approach to risk management is embedded in our portfolios’ asset allocation with the aim of being prepared for a wide range of market outcomes. This is achieved partly by holding some defensive assets, but predominantly by spreading risk across a wide range of asset classes.
Our Asset Allocation team includes dedicated and experienced economists, strategists and portfolios, who combine their expertise to deliver clear client outcomes such as growth and income via diversified portfolios. The team’s disciplined, objective driven approach means we manage the risks that matter to clients, while aiming to deliver long-term risk-adjusted returns that meet clients’ needs.
“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out” (Warren Buffett, 2001). In bull markets, market risk is often the most important driver of performance. However, we should pay attention to bottom-up investors in both equity and credit markets as they can add value in spotting turning points and identifying areas where investors may find themselves overexposed.
Some investors propose hedging all currency exposure while others see no benefit to hedging at all, so is currency exposure a risk?
Correlations show us how assets have moved relative to each other in the past. As multi-asset investors, one of our key objectives is to identify assets that improve diversification. To do this, we try to combine assets with low or even negative correlations. This sounds easy, but can be surprisingly difficult in reality.
US inflation was lacklustre in 2017, despite falling unemployment. This combination was very supportive for equities. In 2018, a key risk is that we see a similar wage pick-up in the US to what we’ve already seen in Central and Eastern Europe, where labour markets are also tight. As a result, we believe there are potential benefits in holding US dollar and US inflation exposure in portfolios to help mitigate the risk of higher interest rates undermining equities and other risk assets.