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A Strategic Equity Allocation Strategy for All Markets

Having downside protection is very important to investors making this a key reason to allocate assets to low volatility strategies. Traditional low volatility strategies have challenges such as unintended sector allocations and interest rate sensitivities which are uncompensated risks. Further, we found that high quality exposures tend to have low volatility from a forward looking perspective and make great complement to low volatility investing. We created our Quality Low Volatility strategy to deliver consistent long term outperformance with lower risk than index while avoiding pit falls associated with traditional low volatility investing.

The Quality Low Volatility strategy is a diversified, higher quality and lower volatility portfolio that delivers attractive up-market participation and protection during down markets. This strategy is designed to efficiently deliver excess returns with a 15% – 25% reduction in absolute volatility relative to the benchmark while mitigating uncompensated risk exposures.


Investors Benefit From:

  • Outperforming the index by taking less risk; providing lower equity volatility without lower return expectations and a smoother investor experience
  • The quality factor acts as a predictor of future stock volatility and can add to return and further reduce portfolio risk
  • Using risk efficiently means getting paid for the risk taken. QLV focuses on stocks that are high quality and low volatility, while avoiding uncompensated risks, such as sector bets.


Lower Your Volatility

Without lowering performance expectations.


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*Total worldwide assets under management. The above rankings are not indicative of future performance. Unless otherwise noted, rankings are based on total worldwide assets under management of $1.2 trillion as of June 30, 2021 by Pensions & Investments magazine’s 2020 Special Report on the Largest Money Managers.

**Assets include $6.9B in AUM and $3.6B in AUA as of March 31, 2021 (updated quarterly). Source: 50 South Capital.

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