Fiduciary Heritage of State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) is the asset management business of State Street Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors1, with a heritage dating back over two centuries. Backed by the strength and stability of the State Street organization, SSgA makes continual investments in our asset management and client service platform, resulting in a client-focused, solutions-driven orientation. Our investment culture is built on experience and skill that each of our more than 400 investment professionals and over 2400 employees2 around the world bring to every client relationship.1Pensions & Investments, June 27, 2013 2 State Street Global Advisors, as of 31 December 2012
Our Leadership Team
SSgA’s leadership team is a global assembly of senior executives who lead through demonstration of expertise, client focus and operational excellence.
SSgA has a network of offices, investment centers and affiliations that provide access to a wide range of investment strategies and services around the world.
SydneyState Street Global Advisors Australia, Limited Level 17 420 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia Tel: 612 9240 7600 Fax: 612 9240 7611
MelbourneState Street Global Advisors Australia, Limited Suite 16, Level 50 120 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia Tel: 613 9225 5142 Fax: 612 9240 7611
State Street Global Advisors Limited 92 Avenue Reine Astrid B-1310 La Hulpe Belgium Tel: +32 (0) 2 663 2036 Fax: +32 (0) 2 672 2077
Toronto, OntarioState Street Global Advisors Ltd. 30 Adelaide Street East Suite 500 Toronto, Ontario M5C 3G6 Tel: 647 775 5900 Fax: 647 775 6800
Montreal, QuebecState Street Global Advisors Ltd. 770 Sherbrooke Street West Suite 1200 Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G1 Canada Tel: 514 282 2415 Fax: 514 282 3048
Hong Kong, ChinaState Street Global Advisors Asia Limited 道富環球投資管理亞洲有限公司 68th Floor Two International Finance Centre 8 Finance Street, Central Hong Kong, China Tel: 852 2103 0288 Fax: 852 2103 0200
State Street Global Advisors France Défense Plaza 23-25 rue Delarivière-Lefoullon 92064 Paris la Défense Cedex France Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 45 40 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 45 41 92
MunichState Street Global Advisors GmbH Brienner Strasse 59 80333 Munich Germany Tel: +49 (0) 89 558 78 400 Fax: +49 (0) 89 558 78 440
FrankfurtState Street Global Advisors GmbH Solmsstraße 83 60486 Frankfurt Germany Tel: +49 (0) 69 66 77 45 016 Fax: +49 (0) 69 66 77 45 021
SSGA Investment Research Services Pvt. Ltd. RMZ Infinity, Tower D 7th floor Old Madras Road Bangalore 560016 India Tel: 91 80 672 14000
State Street Global Advisors Ireland Limited Two Park Place Upper Hatch Street Dublin 2 Ireland Tel: +353 1 776 3000 Phone Fax: +353 1 776 3300 Fax
State Street Global Advisors Ltd. Sede Secondaria di Milano Via dei Bossi, 4 20121 Milano Italy Tel: +39 02 3206 6100 Fax: +39 02 3206 6155
State Street Global Advisors (Japan) Co., Ltd. 39F Midtown Tower 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-6239 Japan Tel: +81 3 4530 7380 Fax: +81 3 4530 7364
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) Adam Smith Building Thomas Malthusstraat 1-3 1066 JR Amsterdam Tel: +31 (0) 20 708 56 00 Fax: +31 (0) 20 708 56 01
State Street Global Advisors Singapore Limited 168 Robinson Rd. 33-01 Capital Tower Singapore 068912 Tel: 65 6826 7500 Fax: 65 6826 7501
State Street Global Advisors AG Beethovenstrasse 19 Postfach CH-8207 Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)44 245 7000 Fax: +41 (0) 44 245 7016
United Arab Emirates
State Street Bank and Trust Company (Representative Office) P.O. Box 26838 Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 (0) 4 437 2800 Fax: +971 (0) 4 437 2818
LondonState Street Global Advisors Limited 20 Churchill Place Canary Wharf London E14 5HJ United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 3395 6000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 3395 6350
Boston, MAState Street Global Advisors One Lincoln Street State Street Financial Center Boston, MA 02111-2900 Tel: 617 786 3000
Atlanta, GAProminence in Buckhead Suite 1920 3475 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30305 Tel: 404 442 0500 Fax: 404 442 0501
Chicago, IL10 South Wacker Drive Suite 3250 Chicago, IL 60606 Tel: 312 798 6500 Fax: 312 798 6520
San Francisco, CASteuart Tower, Suite 1700 One Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel: 415 836 9800 Fax: 415 836 9802
State Street Global Alliance
Global Alliance seeks to invest in early stage, innovative asset management firms in an effort to generate private equity-like returns and increase the investment capabilities, alpha generation, and intellectual capital of its two shareholders, SSgA and APG, a Dutch pension services company.
The information we provide does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor's particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status or investment horizon. We encourage you to consult your tax or financial advisor. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy is not guaranteed. There is no representation or warranty as to the current accuracy of, nor liability for, decisions based on such information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
This document contains certain statements that may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. All statements, other than historical facts, contained within this article that address activities, events or developments that SSgA expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by SSgA in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances, many of which are detailed herein. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks, uncertainties, many of which are beyond SSgA's control. Readers are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
Corporate Governance and
Understanding environmental, social and corporate governance issues is becoming more and more important to us and to our clients. Once a field characterized by a limited set of issues (e.g. pollution, human rights, executive compensation), the ESG landscape has exploded to encompass a myriad of factors. But as institutional investors – many of whom are fiduciaries – increasingly advance the sustainable agenda, there is necessary focus on those ESG factors that are believed to be material to investment performance. At the same time that we have observed this move to the mainstream, consideration of ESG criteria has almost always been part of the perspective for socially responsible or values-based investors. SSgA has a dedicated and formalized corporate governance and sustainable investing resources. In recognition of the importance of collective action to expand global ESG activity and market maturation, as well as the residual value accruing to SSgA and our clients, we are involved in many industry initiatives. We believe that our approach to ESG has and continues to help SSgA attain our overriding ambition of meeting our clients’ needs.
Our Perspective and Commitment
Global Perspective with Local Expertise
SSgA’s global presence and research focus allows us to invest effectively in markets worldwide, while working to meet the objectives set by each and every client. Our scale and experience afford us greater access to financial markets and bring our clients the potential benefits of liquidity, cost efficiencies and investment precision. This results in portfolios that are focused on maximizing risk-adjusted returns.
Investment Culture Built on Experience and Skill
Our world-class operational platform features 27 global offices*, 9 investment centers* and a 24-hour global trading capability with trading desks in Boston, London and Hong Kong.* This allows SSgA to share with clients the best ideas and points of view from experts around the globe.* State Street Global Advisors, as of June 30 2013
Our Investment Philosophy
At SSgA we manage a wide range of strategies based on a plurality of beliefs and multiple investment approaches. For each strategy, we conduct focused research, leading to a diverse array of robust investment solutions. We are proud to work with a diversified range of clients and our investment approaches are built to meet their specific requirements. Our global investment team shares a collective conscience that guides our day-to-day approach and drives our future development.
Our investment philosophy is underpinned by four strong values: excellence in research, collaboration, accountability, and innovation.
- Research is at the heart of every investment belief we develop at SSgA. Our pursuit of excellence in research is grounded in the belief that the ideas we choose to explore, and ultimately harbor, are based on a sound theoretical basis supported by strong empirical evidence.
- Through Collaboration and our team structure, we not only encourage diversity of ideas but also create a powerful governance process within our organisation. We emphasize internal challenge to vet ideas thoroughly but also to recognize and exploit complementary skill sets between research and portfolio management.
- To achieve a degree of Accountability, we must be pragmatic and act with integrity. While theory is a strong starting point for any process, we test our ideas empirically in order to address uncertainty, always in the best interests of clients. Our role as a fiduciary means that clients always come first.
- Finally, we believe that Innovation does not imply indiscriminate creativity, rather it’s about our clients and how we can use our capabilities in a way that delivers a better outcome for them. We believe that scepticism is essential in an industry with a long history of making overconfident claims and it guards against group-think and fads. Harnessed effectively, it can actually spur more rapid innovation.
Guided by SSgA’s core values, we continue to build distinctive, research-driven strategies that challenge established thinking and improve client outcomes.
View a video of our Global CIO discussing SSgA's Investment philosophy.
Our Investment Platform
A Precise Approach
SSgA combines a disciplined investment process with a global investment platform that gives clients access to every major asset class, capitalization range and style, with strategies spanning investment approaches including passive, active, absolute return and fully customized portfolios.
Broad Range of Solutions
We are recognized for both our indexing leadership and alpha-generation expertise. For clients, this translates into:
- Client-focused solutions developed and managed for virtually any investment need
- Rigorous governance and the highest standard of oversight
- Historically consistent investment results
- Investment transparency and risk management
Our Process and Solutions
SSgA fosters strategic partnerships between our portfolio managers and research teams, who work together to understand client needs and provide recommendations and solutions. Our global trading team focuses on maximizing efficiencies, minimizing costs and managing risks. SSgA engineers investment strategies across equity, fixed income, currency, real estate and absolute return, and covering the spectrum of investment approach, including indexed, enhanced and active. Importantly, clients can access these solutions through a range of vehicles, such as private funds, commingled investment vehicles, ETFs, mutual funds and client-directed mandates (e.g. separately managed accounts or segregated mandates). In addition, through our Global Alliance businesses, we offer a range of alpha-generating strategies, including absolute return, multi-asset class, REITs (real estate investment trusts), active emerging markets and healthcare.
Our Indexing Leadership
SSgA’s index equity solutions reflect our core strengths: experience, breadth, flexibility, internal liquidity and size. Our product breadth and depth make us one of the industry leaders, with a large selection of strategies and investment vehicles that track almost any benchmark. We strive to provide the flexibility necessary to accommodate our clients’ diverse range of complex investment objectives.
SSgA’s SPDR® brand has become an ETF leader, with more than $350 billion in assets under management — one of the broadest ranges of ETFs in the industry.* State Street, in partnership with the American Stock Exchange, created the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in 1993 (SPDR S&P 500 – Ticker SPY). Since then, we’ve sustained our place as an industry leader with many ground-breaking products, including first-to-market with gold, international real estate, international fixed income and sector ETFs.* State Street Global Advisors as of 31 December 2012
As one of the world's largest institutional asset managers, SSgA has a long and proud heritage working with the most sophisticated investors around the world. Our investment solutions and strategies are designed to help a diverse range of investors meet various investment objectives. Our clients include public and private retirement plans of all sizes, large corporations, non-profit organizations, insurance companies, banks and central banks, and are located in every major region around the world. Our dedicated client service and our consultative solutions-based approach enable us to build long-lasting relationships with institutions of all sizes, across all regions and all investor segments.
SSgA has become one of the world's largest managers of corporate defined benefit pension plans because of our commitment to delivering solutions designed to meet the unique needs of corporate plan sponsors. We have the size, scope and expertise to meet our clients’ specific requirements, which include liability matching, accounting solutions and growing assets for meeting obligations well into the future. We work with our clients to help minimize their funding volatility while systematically improving the funding position of their portfolios, and provide research tailored to the specific needs of the pension community. To meet these objectives and varying levels of investment SSgA offers defined benefit pension plans a wide complement of investment solutions including cash, equity, fixed income and alternative strategies spanning investment approaches from passive to active to absolute return.
Public & Multi-Employer Plans
SSgA exercised market leadership in 1995 when we were among the first asset managers to establish a business development and relationship management team dedicated solely to public pension plans. Understanding the structure and process of public and union plans takes expertise and experience. Through a coordinated effort, our team manages all types and sizes of public fund accounts—from local police and fire retirement plans to the largest state employees’ retirement systems.
SSgA’s dedicated Taft-Hartley team focuses solely on servicing and building relationships with labor unions and their pension fund trustees, and has proudly managed pension assets for labor union clients since 1978.
As a committed service provider to the union retirement plan market, we take pride not just in the number of relationships we have – but also in the strength of these relationships. Most of our Taft-Hartley clients have two or more strategies with us, having recognized that our capabilities and investment performance are powerful across a variety of investment disciplines.
The team is comprised of seasoned professionals who have a deep understanding of the Taft-Hartley market and a strong understanding of finance and investment management offerings. We believe our clients benefit as they are able to share investment ideas and trends from the marketplace with members of our Taft-Hartley team.
Established in late 2000, SSgA's Official Institutions Group (OIG) oversees investment management services provided to sovereign clients such as central banks, government agencies and supranational institutions. The OIG team now manages over US$375 billion for 73 central banks and government clients worldwide.* Sovereign clients have similar objectives and challenges whether they are based in the developed or emerging world, and regardless of their geographical location. OIG recognizes this and focuses on the common needs of this growing class of investors.
OIG uses its experiences with clients worldwide to provide both technical and strategic advice and skills transfer to official sector clients, as well as providing them with a single point of contact for all SSgA services. Our services for official sector clients include:
- Dedicated focus on central bank reserves and official sector funds
- Expertise in advising on strategic policy issues for those managing public sector assets
- Technical advice and skills transfer capabilities in all aspects of investment management and risk control techniques
SSgA is one of the largest investment-only providers of DC solutions in the marketplace today. Our commitment is to partner with plan sponsors to help them deliver retirement security for their employees. We recognize that providing best-in-class investment solutions is one of several key components to make individually-funded retirement plans work. That's why we also provide plan sponsors with assistance focused on strategic plan design and participant communications.
When you shift to a self-funded retirement system, it's critical to change how retirement plans are designed. At SSgA, we take this issue seriously and are committed to taking on this challenge. Our DC team is passionate about retirement and committed to sharing new ideas, creating new solutions and sharing opportunities that can create better retirement plans for our clients and their employees. Together, we can make retirement work.
SSgA’s Corporate Treasury Management Team is a separate and distinct unit at SSgA dedicated to the corporate treasury market. Since 1978, we have helped our clients meet their operating and liquidity needs through customized solutions, responding to a wide variety of requirements and challenges. Key to our success has been our dedication to our client relationships.
The team benefits from SSgA’s investment capability, vast resources and economies of scale that are often unavailable at smaller firms. We leverage SSgA’s rigorous research, proprietary models and state-of-the-art controls to deliver cost-effective solutions for our clients.
Our customized solutions encompass a broad selection of investment products that span the short-to-intermediate term fixed income market and cover the full spectrum of risk and return options. We are able to manage to most benchmarks and risk targets or apply most screens our clients require.
- Aggregate MBS
- JP Morgan 1 Month Libor
- Merrill Lynch 6 Month Treasury
- Merrill Lynch 0-3 Year ABS
- Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year Government
- Barclays Capital 1-5 Year Credit/MDS
- Barclays Capital Intermediate Gov/Credit
- Barclays Capital Aggregate
- Barclays Capital 1 Year Muni
- ImoneyNet MFR Tax Free (ALL)
- Barclays Capital Muni 1-10 Year Blend
SSgA’s tailored insurance asset management business brings together our vast global investment resources and capabilities to deliver strategic solutions for our insurance clients. SSgA manages insurance assets spanning investment approaches including passive, enhanced and active across all asset classes including equity, fixed income and currency, with some utilizing our asset allocation strategies. We have relationships with insurance clients including life and health companies, property and casualty companies, reinsurance companies and captive insurance companies.
State Street Global Advisors caters to the specific needs of financial professionals such as brokers, registered investment advisors, financial planners, private client officers and a variety of other wealth and portfolio managers. We offer a dedicated team of sales staff, marketing specialists and strategy and research experts, to provide institutional caliber products and services to sophisticated investment professionals. Our comprehensive offerings span the full range of risk/return options providing a myriad of investment solutions including mutual funds and SPDR® exchange-traded funds. We also offer SPDR University, an online educational portal built exclusively for investment professionals.
Charitable Asset Management
State Street Global Advisors Charitable Asset Management provides consultative and customized planned gift investment management, tax, and administration solutions for charitable organizations. Established in 1984, Charitable Asset Management is a boutique group within SSgA, dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations and their donors. Today our 40 planned gift specialists work with over 230 charities and manage in excess of $3 billion in planned gift assets for more than 34,000 donors and beneficiaries.* Our charitable clients include colleges, universities, foundations, private schools, hospitals and cultural, environmental and religious organizations.*As of September 30, 2014
Our expertise in sub-advisory services helps provide our clients with a broad range of product offerings and skilled client support. As one of the largest global investment management firms, SSgA manages money for some of the most respected insurance, mutual fund, third-party fiduciary and investment-only DC providers. With a solution set that spans everything from passive exposure through active and alternatives, we have broad and deep capabilities to deliver to our clients. In addition to investment management, we also offer a dedicated and experienced team that understands the complexities of the sub-advisory business from sales, legal, compliance and operations perspectives.
Experience and innovation, backed by a global presence and a wealth of resources, is the cornerstone of success, for us and our clients.
Foundations & Endowments
SSgA has become the largest manager of endowment, foundation and other nonprofit assets* because of our client-centered philosophy. With a dedicated Nonprofit Relationship Management Team, we help clients address the pressing issues many endowment and foundations face including managing liquidity, rethinking asset allocation and managing tail risk. These solutions can include:
- Beta Exposure
- Cash Management
- Asset Allocation
- Real Asset Exposure
- Inflation Hedging
- Mission Investing
- Direct Real Estate
- Emerging Market Equity and Debt