GAM Systematic’s alternative strategy hits US$2bn

GAM Investments has announced that its Systematic alternative risk premia strategy has reached US$2.4 billion ($3.5 billion) in assets under management (AUM).

The firm said strong inflows were driven by Institutional investors who boosted inflows by over US$600 million.

The strategy typically aimed to target around 15 risk premia strategies across the style categories of value, momentum and carry while applying a disciplined research process to cost-effectively trade the various risk premia, the firm said.

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“The challenging trading conditions and subsequent dispersion of ARP [alternative risk premia] returns witnessed in the industry in 2018 underlined the need for a specialised and experienced approach,” Lars Jaeger, head of alternative risk premia, said.

“We offer our clients a robust investment approach with experienced researchers and thought strategy implementation and portfolio construction, which seek to allocate assets in a way that insulates the downside without sacrificing upside potential.

“This differentiated approach meant that we were positioned to navigate the challenges posed in 2018, as well as to benefit from more benevolent markets in 2019.”

The firm also said it saw strong appetite from institutional investors for alternative risk premia offering, particularly in Australia, as GAM had been chosen by a number of Australian superannuation funds as a preferred manager for alternative risk premia.

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