The Financial Times recently spoke with Boston Partners’ Director of Global Markets Research, Michael Mullaney on the state of value investing.
Boston Partners Portfolio Manager Josh Jones published a contributed article in Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE) in November, exploring some of the distinguishing characteristics that speak to why variable long/short funds can differ so markedly from market-neutral strategies. While the differences are often overlooked during extended market expansions, the impact can be quite significant for investors who gravitate to long/short funds for stability during periods of uncertainty.
In the last week of August, Boston Partners’ Todd Hawthorne, the lead portfolio manager of the firm’s Redwood fund, published a bylined article in Pensions & Investments in which he highlighted how volatility-harvesting strategies can complement and enhance traditional fixed income allocations. The article, “Volatility Harvesting: The Great Diversifier,” noted that against a backdrop of rising inflation, correlations between equities and bonds tend to converge.
In September, Mark Donovan, co-chief executive officer and lead portfolio manager for Boston Partners’ Large Cap Value portfolios, authored a contributed article that appeared in Fund Strategy, a U.K.-based publication that caters to investment intermediaries. The article discusses the persistence of value strategies over time, even amid an era that has been defined by an accommodative monetary policy and inflated market valuations.
In September, Paul Korngiebel, lead portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets Long/Short Equity strategy, published a bylined article in Pensions & Investments, which highlights the value of a long/short strategy in the emerging markets. The article, “Emerging Markets Without the Volatility” explains why a long/short strategy in the emerging markets could be attractive to investors who otherwise could not handle the volatility of traditional, long-only emerging markets exposure.
In January, Boston Partners’ Daniel Farren published a contributed article in Pensions & Investments that highlights why diversification, borne out of rigorous analysis and high conviction, can yield returns in line with far more concentrated portfolios, though with lower risk and reduced volatility.
Joseph (Jay) Feeney, Boston Partners Co-CEO and CIO, discussed the firm’s long/short strategy in a Financial Advisor article looking at liquid alternative funds. Feeney noted that Boston Partners has employed a long/short strategy since the late 1990s, years before liquid alts were considered a category.
Todd Hawthorne, the Lead Portfolio Manager of Boston Partners’ Redwood strategy, in an article published by Pensions & Investments, discussed the recent re-introduction of volatility to the U.S. equities market, highlighting that while market fluctuations can wreak havoc on asset allocations, portfolio managers have at their disposal strategies that feed off of and benefit from the growing perception of risk.
Boston Partners equity portfolio manager Christopher Hart provided commentary to Pensions & Investments through a contributed article that was published in the second week of February. The Article, “Europe Ripe for Active Strategies,” explored the appealing opportunity set that is developing for value-focused investors in the UK and Continental Europe.
In early February, Barron’s profiled Boston Partners Portfolio Manager Duilio Ramallo and the Boston Partners All-Cap Value Fund. The article, “Steering Clear of the Bumps,” highlighted how Duilio and the investment team apply Boston Partners’ three-circle approach — seeking cheap stocks, solid fundamentals and positive business momentum — to provide an analytical edge while avoiding value traps.