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The Global Evolution of Low Volatility Investment in Asset Management

In recent years, investors scarred by the wild market and asset prices swings that followed the bursting of the bubble, the sub-prime debt implosion and the European debt crisis have developed a healthy – and growing appetite for low-volatility strategies.

Asset managers are responding to this demand. According to data from Informa Financial Intelligence’s EPFR, by mid-2Q19 there were 204 low-volatility funds globally with a total Asset under Management (AuM) of over US$130 billion. US-based firms account for three-quarters of the current total, but interest is growing in other parts of the world and the number of globally mandated low-volatility funds has increased significantly in recent years. This has been accompanied by an increase in the number of benchmark indices, highlighting the fact that the current spectrum of low-volatility strategies is underpinned by multiple methodologies.

The Global Evolution of Low Volatility Investment in Asset Management

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