A sophisticated liquid-alternative strategy for diversified, long-term performance
Our Multi-Asset and Currency Management Team has managed active currency strategies since 2002. During this time, we’ve maintained the same broad investment philosophy while strategically evolving our investment process. Our process integrates rigorous quantitative models with top-down macroeconomic fundamental judgment and has proven to be robust and diversifying. It has also resulted in attractive long-term performance across many different macroeconomic and geopolitical environments, meeting the challenges of many varieties of market risk.
Our philosophy emphasizes the importance of market inefficiencies and anomalies when determining the behaviour of currency returns. Despite high market liquidity, these inefficiencies and anomalies exist and are expected to persist. This reflects the presence of heterogeneous participants, including some with non-profit objectives and the influence of behavioural traits and investment horizons in the currency market.
Why consider active currency investing?
Active currency is a liquid alternative investment strategy that offers a diversifying source of expected return to investment portfolios:
- It can be implemented as a capital-efficient unfunded strategy with no upfront requirement to allocate portfolio risk capital or in a fully-funded commingled vehicle.
- Standalone returns of a skilled group of active currency managers, including CIBC Asset Management, have been significantly positive over an extended period.
- Active currency returns are diversifying to traditional and other alternative asset classes.
- Active currency is appropriate for both defined benefit and defined contribution investment plans.
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