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    Efficient Beta

    Efficient Beta

    Our Efficient Beta strategies aim to harvest returns by exploiting systematic and structural market inefficiencies which are often ignored by other managers as a result of high trading costs and the inability to source certain bonds in illiquid segments of the global fixed income market.

    Our strategies seek to generate sufficient returns after trading costs to deliver index-like returns with a low tracking error. In addition, our ‘Beta Plus’ strategies permit greater tracking error in the pursuit of higher alpha.

    Insight’s team employs an innovative credit portfolio trading approach, taking advantage of the rising ETF ecosystem in fixed income. This allows us to trade customized baskets of hundreds of corporate bonds in high volumes within hours of a decision being made.

    Click here for more information about the BNY Mellon High Yield Beta ETF.

    Access to an untapped source of liquidity and precision

    Our innovative trading approach has enabled us to add value in the following ways:

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    Value preservation: Significantly reducing the performance drag caused by high trading costs in less liquid markets with inherently wide bid/offer spreads

    Consistent beta: Meaningfully reducing the tracking error caused by biases or exposure delays when trading to create broad, diversified, index-like exposures

    Harvest alpha: Exploiting fundamental and structural market inefficiencies which are often ignored by active managers due to poor market liquidity, using our quantitative credit model

    Our efficient beta strategies

    Meet some of the team

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    Paul Benson, CFA, CAIA

    Head of Efficient Beta

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    Paul Benson, CFA, CAIA

    Head of Efficient Beta

    Paul joined Insight in September 2021 following the transition of Mellon Investments’ fixed income strategies to Insight. He has been in the investment industry since 1994. Paul is the head of fixed income efficient beta, responsible for managing Insight’s quantitative, factor-based fixed income strategies, including the high yield beta strategy. Previously at Mellon Investments, Paul was a senior portfolio manager responsible for the yield curve arbitrage strategy within global asset allocation portfolios. Additionally, he engineered and built the process to automate fixed income portfolio rebalancing and improve operational risk control.

    Prior to joining Mellon Investments, Paul was a senior fixed income portfolio associate at PIMCO, where he analyzed portfolios, and implemented and managed active US and global fixed income portfolios. Previously, he was a trader at Westdeutsche Landesbank Tokyo, where he built the interest rate swaps trading desk, and a trader at Bankers Trust Tokyo, where he ran the Japanese government bond book. Both positions included market making and proprietary trading. Paul received a BA from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of CFA Institute.

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    Deepak Agrawal, PhD

    Head of Quantitative Research, Efficient Beta

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    Deepak Agrawal, PhD

    Head of Quantitative Research, Efficient Beta

    Deepak joined Insight in September 2021 following the transition of Mellon Investments’ fixed income strategies to Insight. He has worked in the investment industry since 2002. Deepak is the Head of Quantitative Research responsible for the strategic direction and development of all fixed income quant strategies.

    Prior to joining Mellon Investments in 2019, Deepak led global macro and fixed income quant research at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), specializing in global credit, emerging markets and ESG. Prior to that, he was the Principal and Head of Research at DCI Investment Management in San Francisco, having started his career as a Director of Research at Moody’s KMV.

    In parallel with his industry career, Deepak also taught at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley for nearly ten years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Jodhpur, India and his PhD in finance from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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    Stephanie Shu, CFA

    Senior Portfolio Manager, Efficient Beta

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    Stephanie Shu, CFA

    Senior Portfolio Manager, Efficient Beta

    Stephanie joined Insight in September 2021 following the transition of Mellon Investments’ fixed income strategies to Insight. She has been in the investment industry since 1997 and joined Mellon Investments in 2000. Initially, she managed fixed income hedge funds and systematic active strategies within the group. Since then, Stephanie has become a senior portfolio manager. She is responsible for designing and managing fixed income efficient beta/beta plus strategies, which include the emerging markets local debt, global investment grade credit, fallen angels and global high yield efficient beta/beta plus strategies. Stephanie also manages fixed income ETFs and quantitative model-driven non-index strategies; she works closely with the fixed income research team for all quantitative model design and implementation.

    Prior to joining Mellon Investments, Stephanie worked at Gifford Fong Associates where she managed a staff of 15 responsible for the development of financial risk analytics. She earned an MS in finance and mathematics from Texas A&M University. Stephanie is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute.

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    Manuel Hayes

    Senior Portfolio Manager, Efficient Beta

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    Manuel Hayes

    Senior Portfolio Manager, Efficient Beta

    Manuel joined Insight in September 2021 following the transition of Mellon Investments’ fixed income strategies to Insight. He has been in the investment industry since 2004 and joined Mellon Investments in 2009 as the primary credit trader on all global investment corporate, high yield, emerging market hard currency, sovereign and municipal bonds.

    Today, Manuel is a senior portfolio manager responsible for managing investment grade and high yield cash strategies. He actively works with credit researchers to develop new investment grade and high yield strategies. Additionally, Manuel has pioneered innovation in bond trading with ‘bond basket’ trading to enable lower transaction costs, scalability and enhanced liquidity in the credit space.

    Before joining Mellon Investments, he was a credit portfolio associate with Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Prior to that, he was a fixed income trading associate with Metropolitan West Securities (Wachovia, now Wells Fargo). Manuel earned a BS in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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    Syed Zamil

    Senior Product Specialist

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    Syed Zamil

    Senior Product Specialist

    Syed joined Insight in September 2021 following the transition of Mellon Investments’ fixed income strategies to Insight. Syed is a senior product specialist responsible for articulating Insight’s efficient beta strategies to clients and prospects, as well as participating in the refinement of current strategies and the development of new strategies. Syed’s background spans across asset classes including equities, multi-asset strategies and fixed income. He works closely with sales and client service staff worldwide with an eye toward bringing innovative product solutions to client portfolios.

    Prior to joining Mellon Investments in 2015, he was a client portfolio manager at American Century Investments, focused on active equity and multi-asset strategies. Previously, he worked as an investment strategist at BlackRock, primarily focused on active equity. Past roles include director of client service and portfolio management at AXA Rosenberg, portfolio manager at Innovest Capital Management, consultant at Barra and programmer/analyst at Vestek Systems. Syed has been in the investment industry since 1987.

    Syed is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. He earned an MBA in finance from San Francisco State University and a BA in applied math from the University of California at Berkeley.

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