At State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), we think there are six key considerations for large asset owners building an equity portfolio; tracking error budget, the investable universe, manager capacity, asset owner AUM, diversification and fees.
We believe enhanced index strategies are often more effective as a core allocation than multi-manager active combinations; particularly for large asset owners with a limited tracking error budget.
At low tracking error budgets, we recommend a larger allocation to index core, with a smaller allocation to enhanced and active strategies on top. As tracking error budgets increase beyond minimal levels, we recommend a significantly larger allocation to enhanced index strategies.
The case study analysing the trade-off between active risk and return in this paper demonstrates our reasoning for these recommendations. The case study provides a guide that asset owners can follow to build an equity portfolio that reflects their own circumstances.
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Foreign investments involve greater risks than U.S. investments, including political and economic risks and the risk of currency fluctuations, all of which may be magnified in emerging markets.
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A Smart Beta strategy does not seek to replicate the performance of a specified cap-weighted index and as such may underperform such an index. The factors to which a Smart Beta strategy seeks to deliver exposure may themselves undergo cyclical performance. As such, a Smart Beta strategy may underperform the market or other Smart Beta strategies exposed to similar or other targeted factors. In fact, we believe that factor premia accrue over the long term (5–10 years), and investors must keep that long time horizon in mind when investing.
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