Our investment solutions platform helps our clients invest with confidence, navigate uncertainty and explore potential opportunities in all market conditions.
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Mercer solution: Our consulting team worked with the discretionary fund manager to develop customised model portfolios that incorporated our best thinking with its own client’s needs across a range of risk, return, liquidity and fee constraints.
Results: The discretionary fund manager enhanced its investment management capabilities and was able to provide innovative investment strategies for its clients.
How to integrate ESG into an overall strategy?
The shift to a zero-emission economy is high on the agenda for a great number of governments and organisations globally. Many have either made pledges for change, or put a plan in place to start. We believe it is critical for investors to assess and address their ability to transition and start investing in companies positioned to perform well in a renewable economy.
How to benefit from good investment governance?
In an increasingly unpredictable and volatile geopolitical age, resilience is key for investors. Resilience can be achieved through good governance and a diversified portfolio that has established operational structures with clearly defined tasks. Good governance can help prepare for market volatility.
How to enhance a portfolio with private markets?
Investors are looking for alternative sources aimed at diversifying risk and boosting returns. Private markets are widely used. These assets are generally less sensitive to short-term public market volatility and have the potential to earn premium if held over a longer-term. They’re not always easy to access, but they’re definitely worth the consideration.
“A governance advantage enables our clients to access timely information, respond quickly and make effective decisions. This helps them to manage risk and capture emerging opportunities. Good governance underpins everything we do as an investment partner.”
Mick Dempsey, Global Head of Investment Solutions & OCIO services.
Private markets are becoming increasingly popular as investors shift parts of their portfolios away from publicly traded assets in order to diversify their risk and return drivers. The opportunities in private markets span many sectors and regions, each offering something different to investors. Yet they all share the qualities of being shielded from much public market volatility and having the potential to earn a premium by being held over the long term.
However, accessing managers that invest in private markets can be challenging for some investors – this is where Mercer can help. We have been investing in these markets for more than 25 years, establishing deep relationships with a wide universe of highly-rated managers. Our dedicated alternatives group of over 180 professionals across 20 global locations, work on $200bn of alternatives advisory mandates for clients - $21bn of assets being under direct implementation.1
Investment solutions provide a complete governance framework for pension plans, helping them untangle complexity and prepare them to face the future. From designing bespoke, outcomes-based investment strategies to nimbly shifting portfolios to seize opportunities, our pension plan clients benefit from Mercer’s heritage, skill and scale in the market. We draw on more than seven decades of providing bespoke financial advice to organisations of all types and sizes, with a global strategy team that continually bolsters its indepth knowledge across all asset classes and investment themes.
We have the world’s largest proprietary institutional investment manager database of more than 6,717 investment managers and more than $7t of subscriber assets2. This leading position we hold in the market also empowers us to push down on manager fees, which we pass straight to our clients, and engage with them on strategy and performance questions. Running our portfolio management systems in-house, using our own operational platform, also enables us to flex towards protection or opportunities efficiently, depending on our outlook for markets, while keeping our clients’ fees down.
We design investment solutions to give pension funds the tools and the confidence to tackle what lies ahead and to help meet their objectives. Connect with us to explore what we can do for you today.
From large, global foundations to small, family-run endowments, we help not-for-profit organisations design portfolios suitable to their needs and that help them in their search of better investment outcomes, while keeping them in control and their costs down.
Our investment solutions governance framework gives our not-for-profit and charities clients access to as much of our institutional investment capability as they need to help meet their objectives. These clients work with our experienced teams to formulate a long-term, diversified investment strategy, drawing on our insight gained from operating in this field for several decades. We can also implement their own strategy, using our institutional-standard operational platform to access a wide global range of managers and asset classes – at competitive fees.
Our dedicated sustainable investment team can also help our clients shape an ESG policy, according to their principles and beliefs, exploring risks and opportunities that could significantly impact their portfolio. We conduct rigorous oversight of portfolios to ensures managers are sticking to their claims on ESG to protect our clients from reputational damage connected to a sector or company.
We want our endowment and foundations clients to stay in control of their portfolio, no matter what the future brings, and feel confident they have a plan in place designed to weather what lies ahead. Connect with us to explore what we can do for you today.
We help wealth managers, including banks, financial advisers and family offices, to clearly define expected investment outcomes and potentially improve the value they deliver to their clients. Through our investment solutions platform we offer wealth managers a range of core building blocks, covering every step of their client’s journey, that they can combine to meet their needs. From institutional level strategy design to portfolio monitoring and communication, we partner with them to create a tailored framework that focuses on their long-term goals and shorter-term pressures.
Our research capability covers a wide global range of managers, spanning a significant number of asset class - including private market and illiquid portfolios – and is relied on by thousands of investors around the world. As an unbiased provider we select managers solely on quality, and consistently monitor them for shifts in strategy and operational anomalies. We also use our position to push down manager and other third-party fees with the aim of insuring our clients get the best deal.
We can also support wealth managers on timely implementation and oversight tasks. We can get you to market with new ideas quickly and execute investors’ wishes fast, meaning fewer opportunities are missed. Our investment solutions brings the power, reach and efficiency of Mercer’s global footprint to wealth managers of any size and sophistication around the world, enabling them to sharpen their focus and potentially deliver better client outcomes. Connect with us to explore what we can do for you today.
From large, global multi-line insurers to small regional specialists, we help many organisations enhance the oversight of their portfolios, while potentially reducing implementation costs and carefully managing risks. Our investment solutions framework is fundamentally a governance structure that has been designed to give our clients access to as much of our institutional investment capability as they need. It functions as a range of core building blocks that insurers choose and combine to create a precise, tailored package to suit their objectives and budget. Whether you need a complete end-to-end solution, informed regulatory reporting or just a trusted second opinion, we have what you need.
Why insurers should partner with us?
The starting point for any insurer’s investment strategy is to identify the outcomes that are essential to fulfil business objectives and will not change according to market conditions. This strategy must also be able to accommodate complex and changing regulations, without jeopardising the fulfilment of these objectives. Equally important is for insurers to stay in control of this strategy while ensuring efficient implementation and solid cost management.
Our institutional investor platform hosts a selection of strategic research from Mercer and other industry leading publishers, and customises it to help you unearth opportunities more efficiently.
*As of June 2020
**As of March 2021
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1 As at 31 December 2019
* Past performance is not an indication of future returns. Superior returns cannot be guaranteed
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