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What we do
Since our inception in Europe 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 and insurers to sovereign wealth funds and individuals.
Today, Insight manages client assets totalling A$930bn1; has over 700 staff and a growing global presence in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and Asia.
Insight has worked with Australian clients since 1993 and currently manages assets of A$32.9 billion1 for Australian clients. Our experience of working with Australian superannuation funds and financial service businesses means we understand the needs of this market. Our Australian operation based in Sydney was established in 1996 and offers a team dedicated to the needs of the Australian institutional clients.
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.
Our investment platform is built on three main pillars, each suited to the delivery of a specific outcome: risk management solutions, including currency risk management; a full spectrum fixed income capability; and a range of multi-asset and absolute return strategies.
We take responsible investment seriously. Insight was a founding signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and we have been successfully integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into our decision-making processes for over a decade. Our approach is underpinned by the belief that 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". In 2017, the PRI awarded Insight an ‘A+’ rating for strategy and governance and an ‘A’ rating for the integration of responsible investment-related issues across fixed income corporate bond portfolios.
What makes us different
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: those that can be modelled and analysed using statistical techniques; and uncertainty which is harder to quantify.
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.
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
- 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
Through the advocacy of our clients we have enjoyed impressive year-on-year growth.
1All data as at 30 June 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. AUM growth chart excludes previous parent introduced assets prior to 2009.
Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence under the Corporations Act 2001 in respect of the financial services; and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under UK laws, which differ from Australian laws. This material is for wholesale clients only and is not intended for distribution to, nor should it be relied upon by, retail clients.
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