What we do
Since our inception in 2002, we have strived to develop new ways of investing to help deliver complex investment outcomes. Our goal has been to solve the real investment problems faced by a broad range of clients, from pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and individuals. Through the advocacy of our clients we have enjoyed impressive year-on-year growth and currently manage assets of £540 billion globally*.
Our investment capability is focused solely on areas where we believe we can deliver an edge. It has evolved as we strive to build relevant solutions to meet the expectations of clients with sophisticated needs.
This platform is built on three main pillars, each suited to the delivery of a specific outcome:
risk management and solutions, including liability-driven investing (LDI) and currency risk management; a full spectrum fixed income capability; and an absolute return investment and unconstrained range spanning the asset classes.
We take responsible investment seriously. Our approach is underpinned by the belief that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are important drivers of investment value. In 2016 we were given Tier 1 status by the Financial Reporting Council recognising that we provide "a good quality and transparent description of [our] approach to stewardship and explanations of an alternative approach where necessary". The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assigned Insight an A rating in 2016 for strategy and governance and for the integration of responsible investment-related issues across fixed income corporate bond portfolios.
What makes us different
Insight is team-based with a strong ownership culture. We believe this creates a true alignment between meeting the goals of clients, our business objectives and individual incentives. At the heart of our investment philosophy is a determination to offer clients innovative solutions that deliver mutually agreed outcomes.
We maintain a questioning attitude and are not afraid to challenge conventional thinking or the status quo. We believe there are two types of risk: that which can be modelled and analysed using statistical techniques; and uncertainty which is harder to quantify.
This unique perspective has shaped our investment platform and enabled us to stay at the forefront of investment innovation. Insight was among the first asset managers to:
- Recognise the importance of liabilities to pension schemes - our financial solutions team now manages £384 billion
- Expand the scope of fixed income investment by building global credit expertise and a specialist secured finance team
- Offer investors a broad range of investments in absolute return formats within asset classes and in multi-asset formats against a wide range of benchmarks
- Identify the unrewarded nature of currency risk and develop a rigorous and tested risk management framework
Assets under management as at 31 March 2017
*All data as at 31 March 2017. Insight's assets under management reflects the AUM of Insight, the corporate brand for certain companies operated by Insight Investment Management Limited (IIML). Insight includes, amongst others, Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited (IIMG), Pareto Investment Management Limited (PIML), Cutwater Asset Management Corp (CAMC), Cutwater Investor Services Corp (CISC) and Insight North America LLC (INA), each of which provides asset management services. Insight's assets under management are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients.