Liquid Alternatives: Schroders’ GAIA Platform Launches Nuveen’s US Equity Strategies

Investors outside the US may now access Nuveen’s US equity long-short and equity market neutral strategies through Schroders.

Schroders and Nuveen have tied-up to offer two new funds on the Schroders UCITS GAIA platform.

The funds, Schroder GAIA Nuveen Equity Market Neutral and Schroder GAIA Nuveen Equity Long-Short funds focus on large-cap US equities. Further, they offer the added advantage of daily liquidity without a performance fee.

Liquid alternative strategies

Investors are finding liquid alternative strategies increasingly attractive. This is because low bond yields, stretched equity valuations, and heightened volatility have all become important portfolio concerns. However, liquid alternative strategies offer investors genuine diversification within a portfolio, reduced volatility, and decorrelation characteristics while offering potential downside protection when markets are distressed.

Schroders’ GAIA platform – home to liquid alternatives

Schroders’ GAIA platform is a regulated, liquid, and transparent way for investors to access hedge fund strategies within a UCITS framework. Therefore, investors can access a host of leading, externally-managed hedge funds through Schroders’ GAIA range.

However, for hedge fund strategies inappropriate for UCITS, Schroders set up its Schroder GAIA II, a non-UCITS platform.

Currently, the GAIA platform boasts of $6.2 billion of AUM and a collection of 11 strategies.

Rob Doll to manage Schroder and Nuveen funds

Nuveen is a US fund manager with $989 billion in AUM. Founded in 1898, it is the largest manager of farmland in the world and a top-five real estate manager globally.

Moreover, Nuveen’s equity long-short strategies cover $1.2 billion in assets and have given robust returns over the past six years.

Investors will benefit from Nuveen’s fundamental, bottom-up stock research. Additionally, the manager conducts advanced quantitative analysis and has a disciplined approach to portfolio construction and risk management.

US equity veteran Bob Doll and his deputy Scott Tonneson will run the new Schroders-Nuveen funds. “Our combination of intensive quantitative and qualitative investment research is designed to give investors the best possible chance of delivering robust absolute returns from US markets,” said Bob Doll.

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