Learn more about the team that manages the State Street ETF Model Portfolios and the thinking behind their tactical asset allocation process. David Marshall and Robert Spencer discuss how the Investment Solutions Group thinks about investing and the differentiated tactical asset allocation process they bring to our active ETF model portfolios.
DAVID MARSHALL: What is the thinking and process behind the State Street model portfolios? And who are the team members responsible for this differentiated process? Today we'll be talking about these things. My name is David Marshall. I'm a model portfolio strategist, and I'm joined by Rob Spencer, who's also a strategist. So let's jump right into it, Rob. Tell me more about the team.
ROB SPENCER: Thanks, David. The Investment Solutions Group is the investment team behind the model portfolios at State Street Global Advisors. We're the Multi-Asset Class Team at the firm. We think that asset allocation is arguably a client's most important question and represents one of their greatest opportunities. And our goal is to be that trusted partner to help them think through those questions and evaluate those opportunities.
And with a heritage that dates back to the early 1980s, over 135 people on our team in 10 locations around the world, we think we're very well positioned to help investors, to be that trusted partner. David, How does the Investment Solutions Group think about investing?
DAVID MARSHALL: The overarching beliefs consist of a couple different things. The first thing is that we believe that index and active management can coexist. We believe that diversification matters. Risk matters and expenses matter as well. As it relates to tactical asset allocation, we believe that there are global inefficiencies that exist between asset classes. We also believe that a process that is anchored with a systematic approach can be utilized, but also utilizes discretionary views. And we also believe that there's a lot of information that could be provided from a tactical asset allocation process.
Rob, can you tell us about the process that we utilize?
ROB SPENCER: Absolutely. The tactical investment process involves pulling the levers of asset allocation actively to try to add value above a strategic benchmark. What we’re trying to do is take care or take advantage of some of the mispricing, as you mentioned, that we see among the global asset classes.
But our approach is a little more nuanced. We tend to segment the broad asset class comparisons. Think equities versus bonds, cash, commodities from the intra-asset class or what we refer to as relative value. So within equities — region, country, sector — and rates and credit within fixed income. And the reason we do this, it helps us to be more intentional about how we use those quantitative and discretionary toolkit at our disposal.
DAVID MARSHALL: Well, thanks, Rob. A lot of great information has been provided today. If you want more information, please visit our website.
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