AXA IM Sustainable Equity Strategy

What is factor investing?

Factor investing is an investment approach that aims to offer investors a cost effective and transparent way to improve risk and return by capturing specific equity characteristics such as quality, low volatility, value and momentum. 

Why consider factor investing?

Factor investing can be efficient, cost effective and provides investors with diversified exposure to equity markets.  Importantly, individual factors may offer different patterns of risk and return and, as such, investors can use factor investing to better target specific investment goals.  Investors may choose to target just one factor or mix factors in a way that best matches their investment needs. 

Our approach to factor investing

We have developed an advanced approach to factor investing that is anchored to company fundamentals.  Our factors benefit from value-added proprietary data and incorporate controls which aim to reduce unnecessary investment risk. 

We offer blended factor strategies designed to meet specific investment needs. The Sustainable Equity strategy aims to provide exposure to the Low Volatility and Quality factors and fully integrates ESG considerations. The result is a portfolio that seeks to provide superior, long-term equity returns but with lower total volatility than a standard market capitalization-weighted index.  By design, we would expect this strategy to perform best during down markets while capturing equity returns in rising markets.

Why does sustainable investing matter? 

Sustainable investing is a way of making investment decisions which aim to deliver financial returns and a benefit to society at the same time. It directs investment to companies that seek to promote corporate responsibility while seeking to fight against climate change and environmental destruction.

While Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is not a new concept, it contains economic information, which defines a company’s profile. Having measurable, reportable and trackable results of companies helps asset managers address these global challenges and define appropriate sustainable investing strategies. It offers investors seeking ESG orientation in their portfolios a transparent way to improve risk and return.

Role in a portfolio

  • Core element of a global equity allocation

  • Specific exposure to quality, low-volatility factors

  • Entry point to diversified ESG exposure

  • Diversifier across geographies and market cap

Strategy Highlights

  • Expenses capped at 35bps

  • Focused on companies that deliver sustainable earnings, to create a defensive portfolio

  • ESG Integration to mitigate risks and potentially improve long term returns

Research Ratings

Qualitative Ratings

For investors aiming for more sustainable outcomes through ESG integration

What are the risks associated with this strategy

Company specific risk: There may be instances where a company will fall in price (or rise in price) because of company specific factors (for example, where a company’s major product is subject to a product recall).

Highly volatile markets: The prices of financial instruments in which the strategy may be invested can be highly volatile.

Market risk: Changes in legal and economic policy, political events, technology failure, economic cycles, investor sentiment and social climate can all directly or indirectly create an environment that may influence (negatively or positively) the value of your investment in the strategy. In addition, a downward move in the general level of the financial markets can have a negative influence on the strategy.

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