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Acadian’s Diversified Alpha fund is a global absolute return strategy that seeks to generate modest positive returns in most market environments, with a low correlation to a variety of asset classes. This is achieved by using Acadian’s systematic process to invest in fundamentally attractive and lower risk global equities, while shorting unattractive, higher risk stocks. The fund also offers daily liquidity and is hedged to AUD.


Systematic, bottom-up analysis converts insights into risk and return forecasts


Limited equity exposure and low correlation to equities and other asset classes

Broadly distributed

Broadly distributed across the market cap spectrum


Investment objective: To provide absolute returns in excess of the Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate before fees and taxes over rolling three-year periods. This will be achieved by investing in fundamentally attractive, low beta stocks and short selling fundamentally unattractive, higher risk, high beta stocks within developed markets while carefully controlling portfolio risk and transaction costs.





Investment horizon

17 August 2016 Global equity long/short, beta neutral
Half Yearly 300-1,500 stocks At least 5 years
Active stock limit Liquidity Management cost Minimum Investment APIR code
1.75% Daily 1.30% pa $25,000 FSF1811AU

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