Absolute return and unconstrained


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Absolute return and unconstrained strategies seek to produce positive returns independent of market direction, and aim to provide a more predictable and less volatile route to generating returns.

A range of strategies is available, each managed by a specialist team at Insight across a different investment universe within a tailored risk framework. We currently manage assets of $26 billion and have been managing absolute return and unconstrained strategies since 2004.

Each specialist investment team tailors their choice and combination of investment approaches to reflect the characteristics of the markets in which they invest. The risk framework is tailored to the investment universe and approach.

Our investment process is designed to generate a large number of original and uncorrelated investment ideas, encouraging a high level of embedded diversification within our strategies. The diversity of investment universes and investment approaches, within a consistent risk management framework, means the individual strategies lend themselves to being held together in a portfolio.

Our strategies


Our strategy takes a distinctive approach to investing in emerging market debt. We recognize the potential returns available from the asset class but believe the timing of an allocation can dramatically affect the returns of a long-only investor. We believe the key to investing in this asset class is to be selective and focus on only the best investment ideas within a portfolio in an attempt to control the potential downside through the use of sophisticated risk management techniques.

Credit opportunities

An alpha-seeking strategy focused on global credit opportunities with a 'best ideas' approach to portfolio construction and the ability to hold both long and short exposures. The strategy combines techniques used by hedge funds with Insight's robust and proven fixed income process and oversight by an independent risk team.


We invest across global currency markets aiming to achieve attractive positive returns on a rolling 12 month basis. Typically exhibiting low correlation with traditional asset classes, our solution offers an excellent source of diversification. The managers combine top-down macroeconomic research with bottom-up analysis of specific currency pairs to generate investment ideas.

Absolute Insight multi-strategy

This approach provides access to our absolute return and unconstrained portfolio managers in a diversified format and aims to deliver positive returns over rolling 12 month periods. It encompasses a broad opportunity set of emerging market debt, currency, equity market neutral, credit and dynamic opportunities.

Global absolute return bond

A broad spectrum 'best ideas' global fixed income strategy aiming to generate positive returns on an annual basis regardless of market direction. This is achieved by taking long and short positions in government bonds, credit, emerging market debt, high yield and asset backed securities. The strategy also takes long and short currency positions.

Insight broad opportunities

We believe that a smoother path can be achieved by combining diversified assets with effective risk management. It is an investment approach based on three principles: diversification, dynamic asset allocation and downside protection. The strategy combines directional risk with less directional sources of return targeting equity style returns with lower risk.

*as of March 31, 2017. Insight's assets under management are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients.

Insight is the corporate brand for certain companies operated by Insight Investment Management Limited (IIML). Insight includes, among others, Insight 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.
INA, CISC, CAMC and PIML each provide asset management services. INA, CISC and CAMC are investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) each with its principal place of business at 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10166.  PIML is an investment adviser registered with the SEC and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no. 416024). Registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 03169281. Registered office: 160 Queen Victoria Street London EC4V 4LA, UK. INA, CISC and PIML are each is also registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator and each is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA).  INA is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC and with the CFTC as a Commodity Trading Advisor and is a member of the NFA.All entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.