Active Beta Strategy

Quantitative Investments

Why invest?

  • We are active investors. Our quantitative investment processes seek to provide the optimal allocation without behavioral bias.
  • We are a “white-box” investor. We believe clients receive transparent, cost-efficient implementation.
  • We believe we have delivered strong returns since 2002 across cycles.

Investment process

Our strategy invests in global equities and government bonds with a focus on tactical asset management. The structure of the portfolio aims to optimally adapt to the risks and opportunities offered by prevailing market conditions (economic cycles) through long-term tactical management of the equity ratio and bond maturities.

The assessments of the fundamental economic risk environment on which tactical allocation management is based, and the potential returns derived from them, are grounded in the models developed by Quantitative Investments. The decisions made by these models are unemotional and comprehensible, and attention to risk is systematically maintained at all times. Usually, the equity ratio ranges between 0 and 60% and the duration of global government bonds between 0 and 10 years. The equity market weighting is more or less equally divided among North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The bond markets are weighted based on model signals. Liquid, exchange-traded derivatives can be used to help efficiently implement the investment strategy and for hedging purposes.

Investment philosophy

Academic research has demonstrated that economically justified risk premia can offer sustainable sources of investment return. Since risk premia vary over time, active investment helps add value. Research supports the quantitative models and systematic approach of the strategy and spurs continual innovation. Model-based allocation and risk management, precisely implemented, aims to ensure optimal exposure and unbiased portfolio adjustments. The character of the models enables investment transparency for investors. We believe using liquid instruments enables efficient and cost-effective implementation.

Investment team


Vescore – Multi-Asset – Active Beta – Absolute Return – Traditional Risk Premia – Vola >=5

As of 12.31.2023

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The composite inception date is 1 Feb 2010. The composite‘s gross rates of return are presented before the deduction of investment management fees, other investment-related fees, and after the deduction of foreign withholding taxes, brokerage commissions and transaction costs. An investor’s actual return will be reduced by investment advisory fees. The composite‘s net rates of return are presented after the deduction of investment management fees, brokerage commissions, transaction costs, other investment-related fees and foreign withholding taxes. Results portrayed reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. The comparison to an index is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis for making an investment. There may be significant differences between the composite and the index, including but not limited to the risk profile, liquidity, volatility and asset composition. The Euro Short-Term Rate (ESTR) is the one-day interbank reference interest rate for the Eurozone. At this average rate, European financial institutions borrow in euros for one day. ESTR is calculated based on transactions conducted and settled on the previous TARGET2 business day and is published on each TARGET2 business day by the European Central Bank. The USD returns, presented as supplementary information, are a recalculation of realized composite returns in EUR using forward foreign exchange contracts valued using covered interest arbitrage, with monthly rolling to account for currency hedging against the USD.  Past performance not an indication of future results. Returns more than one year are annualized. Please refer to the Disclaimer tab for additional explanations regarding composite disclosure and other Important Information.

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Composite description

The composite includes all funds and segregated accounts of the investment strategy Multi-Asset - Active Beta - Absolute Return, that actively manage the risk premia in the traditional asset classes equity and government bonds, with a target volatility of 5.0% p.a. and above.

Benchmark description

ICE BofA ESTR Overnight Rate Index (LEC0)

Firm definition

Vontobel Asset Management is a multi-boutique asset management firm established in 1988 and regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA. For GIPS purposes, Vontobel Asset Management is defined to include assets managed in the Fixed Income, the Sustainable Equities, the Vescore and the Vontobel Multi Asset boutiques across all global offices and includes both the management of institutional segregated accounts and pooled funds.

Claim of compliance 

Vontobel Asset Management claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

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Important Information

This document has been prepared and approved by a company of the Vontobel Group (“Vontobel”) for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell any investment securities or strategies discussed, to effect any transactions or to conclude any legal act of any kind whatsoever. This information should not be considered investment advice or any other kind of advice on legal, tax, financial or other advice or a recommendation to purchase, hold or sell any investment. No representation is given that the securities, products, or services discussed herein are suitable for any particular investor.

The index comparisons are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. Further, the performance of the composite and the Index may not be comparable. There are significant differences between the composite and the indices referenced, including, but not limited to, risk profile, liquidity, volatility and asset composition. Please note that an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

Any projections contained above are based on a variety of estimates and assumptions. There can be no assurance that the assumptions made in connection with the projections will prove accurate, and actual results may differ materially. The inclusion of projections should not be regarded as an indication that Vontobel considers the projections to be a reliable prediction of future events and projections should not be relied upon as such.

There can be no assurance that investment objectives will be achieved. Clients must be prepared to bear risk of a total loss of their investment.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future performance. The return may go down as well as up, e.g. due to changes in rates of exchange between currencies. The value of invested monies can increase or decrease and there is no guarantee that all or part of your invested capital can be redeemed.

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