The strategies that aim to achieve growth and a stable income potential together with diversification benefits
Regions, sectors, and asset classes can all perform and correlate differently from one another in changing markets conditions. A well-balanced multi-asset portfolio can navigate through market cycles and effectively grasp valuable investment opportunities.
Current market dislocations are creating an attractive environment for strategic and tactical allocations that aim to maximise income and growth opportunities. Strategic asset allocation forms a solid foundation, as it focuses on the expected long-term returns of a broad range of asset classes. Meanwhile, tactical asset allocation seeks to capitalise on short-term market dynamics.
Our proprietary strategic, tactical, asset allocation and rebalancing strategy aims to provide income and the potential for capital appreciation by tapping into a broad opportunity set of asset classes. In addition, it offers a one-stop-shop solution that combines Manulife’s asset-allocation expertise with a selection of high-quality managers.
Global central banks have cut interest rates and provided significant amounts of stimulus to economies and liquidity to capital markets this year to cope with the economic challenges of COVID-19. Negative yielding debt has become prevalent amidst the lower-for-longer interest rate environment and income-oriented asset classes, such as higher-yielding and income-generating securities, we believe it should remain an attractive asset class to investors and therefore remain well bid.
A growing portion of the global fixed-income market is negative-yielding (trillion US dollar)2
The strategy aims to adopt a differentiated approach of achieving yield, minimising reliance on equity appreciation – primarily seeking yield through fixed income and an option writing strategy.
The option writing strategy generates premiums and aids drawdown management for a better downside-capture profile.
Correlation of traditional and non-traditional asset classes3
Despite high correlations directionally with markets, the complementing call and put writing strategies, between themselves, offer uncorrelated income sources4.
1. Remark: For illustrative purposes only and subject to change.
2. Bloomberg, as of 3 September 2020.
3. Bloomberg. Correlation coefficient is calculated based on weekly performance from from August 2005 to August 2020. Correlation ranges from +1 (perfect positive correlation) to -1 (perfect negative correlation). Relatively low correlation refers to correlation coefficients equal to or smaller than 0.5, moderate correlation between 0.5 and 0.75 (inclusive), and relatively high correlation above 0.75. Representative indices of each asset class: Global REITs refer to FTSE Nareit Global REIT Index; Preferred Securities refer to ICE BofAML US All Cap Securities Index; Equity option strategies refer to 50% CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite and 50% CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index; IG corporate bond refers to BBgBarc Global IG Corporate Bond Index; HY corporate bond refers to BBgBarc Global High Yield Corp Index; EM bond refers to BBgBarc EM USD Agg Index; Global equities refers to MSCI AC World Index.
4. Manulife Investment Management.