EQUITIES

Merian Global Investors has highly regarded investment capabilities – incorporating a range of both long-only and long/short strategies – covering most major stock markets, and a number of different investment styles.

We believe that success in equity investing requires a high degree of specialism, with investment approaches honed to reflect the distinctive nuances of diverse stock markets. Consistent with this belief, we have created an environment in which talented investment teams can thrive, taking true accountability for their performance, while being unencumbered by an imposed ‘house view’ or investment style. Over time, we have built and nurtured capabilities across global, UK, European, Asian and emerging market equities, offering a multitude of long-only and long/short capabilities, and covering different parts of the market capitalisation spectrum.

Philosophy

The managers believe that markets are not fully efficient and that stock prices often diverge from their fundamental value due to investors’ behavioural biases.

The investment process seeks to exploit these biases in a dynamic and efficient way, pursuing outperformance driven principally by bottom-up stock selection.

The team believes that a performance-oriented investment strategy should also be flexible, so that the prevailing conditions and outlook can be incorporated, thus ensuring the greatest scope for sustained outperformance.

Investment team

The team has three portfolio managers. Ian Heslop, has a PhD in medical chemistry and over 18 years’ investment experience. Amadeo Alentorn has a PhD in computational finance and Mike Servent holds a BA in physics from the University of Oxford. The portfolio managers are supported by three analysts, Yuangao Liu, Matus Mrazik and Sean Storey, and strategist Justin Wells.

Capabilities
  • Long-only global equities

    Merian World Equity Fund

    The strategy is characterised by a highly distinctive, flexible approach with no style bias. At the heart of the process is a powerful, 5-factor proprietary stock selection model. The result is a portfolio with the potential to offer excellent diversification from more traditional global equity strategies. The strategy offers access to a large opportunity set, underscored by a demonstrably repeatable, dispassionate investment process.

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  • Long-only North American/US equities

    Merian North American Equity Fund (IRL)

    The strategy is characterised by a highly distinctive, flexible approach with no style bias. At the heart of the process is a powerful, 5-factor proprietary stock selection model. The result is a portfolio with the potential to offer excellent diversification from more traditional North American equity strategies. The strategy offers access to an opportunity set of approximately 1,400 stocks, underscored by the global equity team’s demonstrably repeatable, dispassionate investment process.

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  • Long-only Asia ex-Japan equity income

    Merian Asian Equity Income Fund

    The fund is designed to capture and enhance the opportunity set afforded by Asian equities, by harnessing a unique, but highly diversified investment process. Adopting both top-down and bottom-up characteristics, the team focuses on stock selection across sectors by employing a combination of fundamental investment techniques, based on company-level data, with an evaluation of the prevailing market environment and levels of investor risk appetite across the investable universe. The team has strong conviction that this unique approach can deliver significant diversification from conventional concentrated, style-embedded funds. Unusually for an Asian equity income fund, the portfolio managers run the fund to achieve monthly distributions.

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  • Long/short, market-neutral global equities

    Merian Global Equity Absolute Return Fund

    Systematically driven, highly diversified, long/short global equity market neutral strategy, employing a flexible approach with no style bias. The strategy benefits from a powerful, five-factor proprietary stock selection model resulting in portfolios with the potential to be genuinely uncorrelated with peers. The approach offers access to a large opportunity set, underscored by a demonstrably repeatable, dispassionate process.

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