Abdallah Nauphal has built London's Insight Investment into an over $600bn bond and liability driven investment giant. Now he's aiming to win the US over to liability driven investing.2
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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 totaling over $710bn1; has over 700 staff globally and a growing global presence in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and Australia.
Through our heritage businesses/predecessor companies we have had a significant presence in North America since 1991. We currently manage $38.2bn1 in assets for US and Canadian 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. In the UK, 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, our UK firms were given Tier 1 status by the Financial Reporting Council, recognizing 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 for our UK managed strategies.
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 modeled and analyzed 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 aim to 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:
- Recognize the importance of liabilities to pension plans
- 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
1All data as of June 30, 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.
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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 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). All entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.
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