Standish Mellon Asset Management

A LEADING CREDIT AND FIXED INCOME SPECIALIST

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  • 1933
    ESTABLISHED4
  • 4 locations
    BOSTON, PITTSBURGH, SAN FRANSISCO, LONDON

OVERVIEW

Standish is one of the largest fixed income firms dedicated to serving the needs of sophisticated institutional investors.

Our investment process strives to capture relative value opportunities created by market inefficiencies. We use both proprietary research to seek new and changing sources of excess return and a mix of qualitative judgment and quantitative tools to formulate and implement our investment views.

Our strategies reflect expertise in specific market sectors and also span the global fixed income markets. We pride ourselves in understanding that we are more than an investment management firm to our clients; we are their investment counsel. Providing the innovative, customized fixed income solutions clients need to reach their long-term investment goals.

Culture

Standish’s culture is summarized as being innovative and inspired.

  • Partnership Approach: Direct access to investment teams, including portfolio managers allows us to build fully customized solutions aligned with the unique objectives of each client.
  • Team Culture Promotes Best Ideas: Recognizing that good ideas have diverse sources, we rebuff ivory towers. We believe our collaborative culture drives cooperation and ultimately performance.
  • Rigorous Research & Debate: Our Macro views are set monthly, but our assumptions are challenged daily. We employ original research and proprietary sector models to uncover hidden sources of value.
  • Disciplined Agility & Versatility: The agility of our strategies allows us to execute investment ideas that could have material impact on our clients’ returns.
  • Insights into Fixed Income Markets: A global platform allows us to have a deep understanding of how events could ripple though the markets, and how they can affect client portfolios.

Investment Philosophy

  • The search for value drives the investment process. Value is realized most often when supported by both fundamental and technical factors.
  • A broader opportunity set results in better returns. A portfolio’s risk-adjusted performance improves with an increase in the number of strategies employed in its management.
  • Consistent outperformance requires both top-down and bottom-up expertise. Teams of experienced professionals must use both quantitative and fundamental methods to identify value in both macro and idiosyncratic positions.
  • The bond markets offer multiple structural inefficiencies to be exploited. The best portfolios incorporate these persistent “structural alpha” opportunities to produce consistent excess returns.
  • Rigorous risk management is key to long-term investment success. A variety of risk-management methods and techniques minimize the chance of negative surprises.

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