ALTERNATIVES

Over an extended period, Merian Global Investors has become well known for its expertise in liquid alternatives, aiming to deliver uncorrelated returns across a range of volatilities and strategies.

Merian Global Investors has been managing alternative investment strategies since December 2001. It draws upon significant in-house expertise to offer investors a range of liquid alternatives, each designed to deliver uncorrelated returns. Today, the firm has a total of 30 investment professionals working on alternative strategies. Most of these strategies are accessible through pooled funds.

We believe investors are increasingly realising that alternatives can offer the expectation of reduced risk compared to traditional equity and fixed income funds. Allocating to alternatives can provide a cornerstone for a successful portfolio. Our offering includes capabilities in:

  • Equity market neutral;
  • Directional equity long/short;
  • Global macro;
  • Gold & silver; and
  • Style premia; 

The strategies aim to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns while limiting downside, across a range of annualised target volatilities. Our experience managing hedge funds and other alternative funds provides independent risk oversight and strong operational infrastructure.

  • Global equity absolute return

    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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  • Multi-asset absolute return

    Merian Style Premia Absolute Return Fund

    Systematic, diversified, long/short global market neutral strategy providing efficient exposure to five investment styles (value, momentum, quality, carry and statistical arbitrage) across multiple asset classes. The strategy seeks to deliver absolute returns while remaining uncorrelated with equity and bond markets.

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  • UK equity absolute return

    Merian UK Specialist Equity Fund

    The strategy is a discretionary, alternative UK equity investment proposition. The primary objective is delivering steady, positive returns through the market cycle by taking long and short positions in UK equities outside the FTSE 100 Index.

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  • Precious Metals

    Merian Gold & Silver Fund

    The strategy blends exposure to gold and silver bullion with gold and silver mining shares. Shares are typically found in the mid-cap area. The actual blend of gold to silver is dependent on the manager’s outlook for precious metals. Under a bullish scenario, the manager will typically overweight silver and underweight bullion. The reverse is true under a bearish scenario.

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