Case for Globalizing Investment Portfolios is as Strong as Ever According to Newton Study

Domestic Focus Inappropriate in Terms of Managing Risk Says BNY Mellon Firm

Oct 17, 2012, 10:00 ET from Newton from ,BNY Mellon

NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the outperformance of U.S. equities versus other major regions in 2011 and 2012 to date, BNY Mellon's Newton* asserts that the case for a global approach to investing is as strong as ever in its most recent report on investing globally.

"A global investment manager typically has 'real-time' flexibility in asset allocation," said Paul Markham, global equity portfolio manager at Newton.  "If market conditions change, the active global manager can make asset allocation adjustments immediately on behalf of a client.  In hindsight of the recent past, the argument for a U.S. domestic approach has appeared to be strengthened as U.S. equities have done well in a highly uncertain environment.  However, in studying a global approach over a longer timeframe, we conclude that a U.S. domestic focus is inappropriate in terms of managing/harnessing risk," he continued.

Bond Investing

The paper states that by introducing global exposure to their bond portfolios, investors would have generated stronger returns over the last 10 years than they would have achieved from a portfolio of U.S. government bonds alone. 

Equity Investing

Newton anticipates that some developing markets will provide highly attractive opportunities to U.S.-based investors in the years ahead.  By contrast, Newton believes that a number of developed world markets are likely to face some significant structural (debt-related) challenges.

Multi-Asset Investing

"We believe a multi-asset approach enables a full realization of the benefits of a global investment perspective," Markham concluded.  A single portfolio vs. a segmented fund-of-funds approach can allow the manager to be aware of all the investment risks in the portfolio, as well as to compare the relative attractiveness of different regions, sectors, and asset classes in a dispassionate and timely manner not always available to the specialist manager, the Newton study says.   

The complete Newton report is available at

Notes to Editors:

Newton* is a London-based global asset management subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and part of BNY Mellon. With assets under management of more than £47.5 billion, including assets managed by Newton Investment Management Limited as dual officers of Newton Capital Management Limited and The Bank of New York Mellon, Newton's group of affiliated companies provides a broad range of award-winning investment products and services to individuals, pension funds, charities and corporations. News and other information about Newton is available at or follow us on Twitter @NewtonIM.

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