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Multi-Asset team

Meet the team

The Liontrust Multi-Asset investment team is one of the most experienced and highly regarded in the UK market. The Multi-Asset team comprises John Husselbee (Head of the Multi-Asset Investment team), James Klempster (Deputy Head), Paul Kim, Mayank Markanday and Jen Causton, along with a four-strong Multi-Asset investment support team headed by Adrian Holmes. The team has more than 100 years of investment management experience between them. John was a co-founder and CIO of North Investment Partners before joining Liontrust in 2013 and was previously Director of Multi-Manager Investments at Henderson Global Investors. James joined in 2021 from Momentum Global Investment Management where he was Director of Investment Management. Before moving to Liontrust in 2013, Paul was Research Director at Investment Manager Selection (IMS Ltd).  Mayank and Jen were previously at Architas and joined Liontrust as part of the acquisition of its UK Investment Business in 2020.

 

Our 5 step investment process

Strategic asset allocation
Among the factors they analyse, the fund managers collate and study historical returns and volatilities of a range of asset classes, as well as their correlations with each other, and the pathway of future interest rates to determine the SAA that should meet the volatility target of the fund or portfolio over the long-term. The SAA is essentially the default asset allocation should the fund managers have no views about the relative attractiveness of different asset classes.
Tactical asset allocation
The primary aim of the tactical asset allocation (TAA) is to increase exposure to an asset class when it looks cheap and reduce exposure when it appears expensive; the fund managers’ focus is on valuations rather than market timing. They believe it is important to supplement the long-term benefits of the SAA with the flexibility to take advantage of valuation opportunities in the shorter term.
Fund selection
We hold a range of funds and fund managers, including active, passive and alternative investment strategies. The fund managers believe the key elements that should underpin fund selection are: investment process, fund manager experience, fund manager knowledge and fund manager incentive (including remuneration).
Portfolio construction
The fund managers want to ensure the underlying funds are exposed to the segment of the market they feel has the most potential for outperformance while reducing unintended risk. Therefore, they consider how each holding interacts with each other in terms of correlation, risk and return to ensure the benefits identified at the holding and sector levels are not diversified away when grouped together at the fund level.
Monitoring, review and risk management
The Liontrust Multi-Asset team is given regular updates, including in-depth data, on the underlying funds to ensure they are being managed according to their stated objectives and investment processes. This includes attribution analysis to show the underlying funds do not experience style drift and remain within their stated risk parameters. We gain access to the underlying fund managers to probe their thinking and evaluate their continued commitment.

Our investment process

There are five key stages to the investment process for the target risk funds.

Strategic asset allocation
Among the factors they analyse, the fund managers collate and study historical returns and volatilities of a range of asset classes, as well as their correlations with each other, and the pathway of future interest rates to determine the SAA that should meet the volatility target of the fund or portfolio over the long-term. The SAA is essentially the default asset allocation should the fund managers have no views about the relative attractiveness of different asset classes.

Tactical asset allocation
The primary aim of the tactical asset allocation (TAA) is to increase exposure to an asset class when it looks cheap and reduce exposure when it appears expensive; the fund managers’ focus is on valuations rather than market timing. They believe it is important to supplement the long-term benefits of the SAA with the flexibility to take advantage of valuation opportunities in the shorter term.

Fund selection
We hold a range of funds and fund managers, including active, passive and alternative investment strategies. The fund managers believe the key elements that should underpin fund selection are: investment process, fund manager experience, fund manager knowledge and fund manager incentive (including remuneration). 

Portfolio construction
The fund managers want to ensure the underlying funds are exposed to the segment of the market they feel has the most potential for outperformance while reducing unintended risk. Therefore, they consider how each holding interacts with each other in terms of correlation, risk and return to ensure the benefits identified at the holding and sector levels are not diversified away when grouped together at the fund level.

Monitoring, review and risk management
The Liontrust Multi-Asset team is given regular updates, including in-depth data, on the underlying funds to ensure they are being managed according to their stated objectives and investment processes. This includes attribution analysis to show the underlying funds do not experience style drift and remain within their stated risk parameters. We gain access to the underlying fund managers to probe their thinking and evaluate their continued commitment.

Funds managed by the team

"A key objective in terms of performance is to strive to 'win over the long term by not losing.' We aim to achieve this by seeking to manage risk and limit losses in falling markets to enhance long-term returns in each risk target."

Awards and ratings

Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards 2021 Moneyfacts Awards 2014-2021 Best Multi Manager Provider
PA AWARDS 21 Multi-Asset Group of the Year Professional Adviser Awards 2021 Multi-Asset Group of the Year
AJ Bell Best Multi-Manager Fund Provider 2021 Online Personal Wealth Awards 2021 Best Multi-Manager Fund Provider