Navigating risks and potential opportunities

All About Alpha: Portfolio Construction in a New Reality

Key Takeaways

  • Unpredictable markets and elevated economic uncertainty may call for a more deliberate approach to portfolio construction.
  • A stronger tilt toward dynamic active strategies may help deliver alpha on a more consistent basis.
  • Allocations that mix traditional public equities and fixed income with hedge funds and private alternatives such as infrastructure, real estate and private credit may boost portfolio performance while hedging some risk through diversification of returns.

The last decade was generally one of plain sailing for investors. A mix of very low inflation and interest rates following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) cut the cost of capital for companies and pushed equity and bond prices sharply and steadily higher. This set off an extended secular bull market during which nearly all financial assets appreciated from low starting valuations. As a whole, active fund managers investing in US large cap equities beat their benchmarks in just two calendar years between 2008 and 2022. In nautical terms, a rising tide of easy monetary conditions and low inflation, coupled with relative geopolitical stability, lifted all boats, no matter whether there was a captain at the helm or not.

In these conditions, passive benchmark-oriented strategies delivered robust returns—often outpacing those delivered by many actively managed strategies. But as Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Last year’s stormy markets made it clear that what might have appeared to be investor acumen in the years after the GFC was, in many cases, probably just market beta. Indeed, by 2021 passively managed index funds had overtaken active funds’ ownership of the US stock market for the first time.1 This suggests the marginal buyer in most public asset classes was more likely to be an open-ended index fund than a portfolio manager making decisions rooted in research and corporate engagement.

In today’s markets, characterized by higher interest rates and elevated volatility, we believe investors will likely have to be more selective. Profitability and indebtedness will matter more, and tighter financial conditions, increased economic and geopolitical uncertainty and increased return dispersion may offer greater opportunities for managers to generate alpha. We began to see this outperformance in 2022, when 57% of active US large-cap core equity managers outpaced their benchmarks, the highest percentage in over a decade.2 Over a longer period, data suggests more challenging markets characterized by lower total returns tend to correlate with better relative returns for active managers.

We believe building durable investment portfolios in a world of higher volatility, changing correlations and what we consider a new macroeconomic reality requires a stronger tilt toward active strategies with the potential to deliver alpha through nimble portfolio management and original research. The most effective way to do this, in our view, involves an integrated approach that combines traditional public assets such as equities and fixed income with hedge funds and private alternatives. Private real assets, including real estate and infrastructure, have low correlation with public assets, which can provide attractive diversification opportunities. Private equity and credit correlations are largely driven by pricing lags, as these assets are less liquid than their public counterparts. But they have the potential to enhance overall returns, which can complement a portfolio’s beta component. First, though, a closer look at the shortcomings and risks of a passive-only strategy may help illustrate why we believe the time is right for investors to rethink their approach to asset allocation and portfolio construction.

A Closer Look at Benchmarks

Passive investment strategies, in our view, do not put capital to work in the most effective way possible. Most allocate according to size (market capitalization), with the largest amount of capital flowing to securities with the largest weight in an index. That has meant index investors were heavily exposed to a small group of securities in recent years. As of December 2021, the five largest US companies accounted for nearly 25% of the market capitalization of the S&P 500 and 37% of the Russell 2000 Growth—most of them long-duration growth stocks. This may have seemed like a good problem to have during the post-GFC bull market, when these companies were driving market appreciation and investor returns. The situation looked quite different, though, when the market turned in 2022.

Other benchmarks also overweight certain stocks or sectors. The MSCI World Index is heavily skewed toward US stocks in general and technology stocks in particular. Roughly 40% of the small-cap companies in the Russell 2000 Index were unprofitable by the end of 2022, as measured by negative 12-month trailing earnings per share (EPS), up from just 15% in 1995.3 Investors with passive benchmark exposure must own attractive and unattractive stocks. And in smaller, less efficient markets such as small cap and emerging market equities, tracking error can be high. That amounts to unintentional—and uncompensated—risk.

In passive bond benchmarks, issuer weights are often determined by market value of outstanding debt rather than fundamentals, and index inclusion does not include considerations such as bond liquidity or transaction costs. But this weighting schema also means that the benchmarks are tilted towards the sectors and companies with the most debt. In addition, they tend to be backward-looking: index composition is based on credit ratings that are revised after, rather than before, a change in fundamentals.

It’s also important to understand that passive investing isn’t as passive as one may think. Benchmarks are built by investment committees that make decisions based on a specific methodology. The S&P 500 is not the index of the biggest 500 companies in the United States. It comprises 500 companies that meet certain qualifications set by the committee. Consider that it took years for the S&P to add Tesla to the index because the company was unprofitable. During this time, it was among the top performing US stocks. Since being added in late 2020, Tesla stock has lost value.4

Dispersion

In an actively managed portfolio, a manager makes decisions about which securities to purchase and attempts to add value through fundamental analysis of those securities and, at times, buying those that she deems undervalued or short selling those that appear overvalued. This is important, because we believe that successful investing is heavily rooted in investor skill. Applying that skill requires opportunity, and opportunity grows when markets are volatile and returns varied. If we were writing a mathematical equation to express this interconnected relationship, it might be done like so: alpha = manager skill * dispersion.

In the last cycle, a wave of liquidity and a decline in borrowing costs boosted most asset prices, limiting performance dispersion. Over the last year, return dispersion across strategies and asset classes has increased sharply. The current pace of interest rate increases and broader financial tightening will eventually slow. But it is difficult to overstate how historically low interest rates and bond yields have been over past decades. We believe it is unlikely that they will retreat to those levels any time soon. Going forward, we expect conditions to become more micro-driven, focused on how companies adapt to the post-pandemic realities of higher inflation, higher rates and emerging secular trends, including deglobalization, decarbonization and demographics.

Instead, a market environment of increased idiosyncratic risk and a higher corresponding dispersion of returns seems likely to persist. The chart showing the High-Quality Spread Universe illustrates how this applies to high-quality fixed income spread sectors including investment grade corporate credit and AAA-rated securitized sectors. As illustrated by the bottom left corner of the chart, ample liquidity and record low interest rates in the last cycle lifted all assets with limited performance dispersion. For instance, corporate bonds in a given sector generally performed in line with each other despite differences in balance sheet positions. We expect that to change in a higher-for-longer rate and inflation environment, and that will provide opportunities to generate alpha through active security selection. An investor with detailed knowledge of a company’s ability to afford higher borrowing costs will be more valuable in today’s environment to add alpha—and avoid losses—than in the post-GFC era when low rates obscured the differences in corporate finances.

The possibility of greater intra-sector dispersion also suggests the potential for wider dispersion in specific company returns. This creates more opportunity for managers to generate alpha based on other key factors such as cost of capital and profitability. The end of the record low-rate, low-inflation era suggests that company-specific—or micro—factors may have greater influence on individual stock returns in the years ahead. The 2022 surge in interest rates may have delayed the onset of a more micro-driven market. But as investors adjusted to a higher-rate environment and resilient US economic data pointed to reduced recession risk, the share of S&P 500 stock returns explained by micro factors has increased, driven by high single-stock volatility and low stock correlation.5 We expect dispersion to increase in this environment, making security-specific factors more important.

21st Century Risks

Climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are widely recognized as investment considerations. In our view, active managers are better equipped to analyze and verify corporate sustainability practices because they can directly engage with company management. Green bonds have made fixed income a particularly important source of financing for the technologies and policies that can help the shift to cleaner energy sources and other projects with the potential for positive environmental impact. An active manager who engages regularly with bond issuers to understand their sustainability strategies can more readily identify ESG leaders and laggards and develop a better sense of their commitment to ESG.

The Role of Private Assets

Private markets might best be characterized as the realm of “deep active.” Managers do not manage to a specific benchmark. Benchmarks reflect aggregate performance of managers, rather than something to track. But adding private market investments to an allocation that also includes public assets can provide greater diversification. Private ownership structures and deal terms typically give investors the ability to have more influence over company operations. These markets can also provide the opportunity to invest in assets that are best positioned to adapt to key long-term structural trends, including a partial pullback from globalization and a shift toward green energy. We see potential opportunities to capitalize on these and other trends in corporate and real assets and across the capital stack, from debt to equity.

Private investments require more patience than public ones, as well as the ability to sacrifice near-term liquidity for longer-term gains. But we believe they are also likely to offer higher excess return per unit of risk relative to beta-driven investment options.

Portfolio Construction: The Best of Both Worlds

A public-private mix may give investors—whether pension funds, insurance companies or individuals—a stronger chance of increasing alpha potential.  The optimal mix of assets will vary from investor to investor. What may be appropriate for an endowment or insurance company may be different than what makes sense for an individual investor. The right place to land for some investors may be a combination of active and passive strategies. Such a hybrid asset allocation can allow investors to optimize their potential performance depending on variables such as risk tolerance, fear of underperforming and controlling costs. In an active-passive mix, investors may want to consider concentrating active exposure in the least efficient markets (e.g., emerging-market equities, which include a high concentration of state-owned enterprises, small-cap equities, emerging-market and high-yield credit, real assets) and taking a more passive approach in larger, more efficient markets such as large-cap equities.

Another option might be to concentrate the passive portion of an allocation in passive strategies rooted in a more rules-based methodology. For example, a rules-based fixed income strategy would seek to define a liquid investable universe, which is then refined by fundamentals and rebalanced periodically. We believe this can result in a smarter passive strategy with improved risk-adjusted return potential over a market cycle. On the active side, it’s important that investors consider where it makes the most sense to pay for alpha. For example, private market funds and hedge funds come with higher fees, but we believe they offer more potential to generate alpha.

However, in a world where economic conditions may change more rapidly than in decades gone by, investors should be ready to revise their approach to portfolio construction. Passive exposure, for example, might be concentrated in a “main” market portfolio that benefits during market upswings and helps to control costs, while active exposure might act as an adjustable hedge against risk. This could involve a public active portfolio that provides short-term, dynamic hedges and a private market portfolio that supplies a longer-term hedge against structural changes. Such a structure may make portfolios more resilient as conditions and risks change—something that we expect to happen more frequently in an era of elevated inflation, increased geopolitical risk and accelerated secular transitions.

For active managers, volatility and uncertainty can be an opportunity. We believe having the ability to take advantage of that in a diversified portfolio can make a significant difference to total return, particularly in a less predictable investing environment.

Important information

1Investment Company Institute data. As of December 31, 2021.

 

2Factset, Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, as of February 17, 2023. Past performance does not guarantee future results, which may vary.

 

3Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research. As of March 14, 2023

 

4Refinitiv. As of March 30, 2023

 

5Goldman Sachs Investment Research. As of January 10, 2023.

 

Glossary

 

Alpha is excess returns versus a benchmark index.

 

Beta refers to the tendency of a security’s returns to respond to swings in the markets.

 

Collateralized loan obligation (CLO) is a single security backed by multiple loans.

 

Correlation is a measure of the amount to which two investments vary relative to each other. Past correlations are not indicative of future correlations, which may vary. 

 

Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price of a fixed income investment to a change in interest rates. The longer the duration the greater the sensitivity to changes in interest rates.

 

Earnings per share (EPS) is the portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. Earnings per share serves as an indicator of a company’s profitability.

 

Greenwashing is the practice of making overstated or misleading claims about the environmental ambition of a project, asset, or activity.

 

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the value of finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders over one year.

 

Volatility is a measure for variation of price of a financial instrument over time.

 

MSCI World Index is a free-float weighted equity index that includes developed world markets and does not include emerging markets.

 

Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the US equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000 Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.

 

Risk Considerations

 

All investing involves risk, including loss of principal.

 

Alternative Investments often engage in leverage and other investment practices that are extremely speculative and involve a high degree of risk. Such practices may increase the volatility of performance and the risk of investment loss, including the loss of the entire amount that is invested. There may be conflicts of interest relating to the Alternative Investment and its service providers, including Goldman Sachs and its affiliates. Similarly, interests in an Alternative Investment are highly illiquid and generally are not transferable without the consent of the sponsor, and applicable securities and tax laws will limit transfers.

 

High-yield, lower-rated securities involve greater price volatility and present greater credit risks than higher-rated fixed income securities.

 

Emerging markets investments may be less liquid and are subject to greater risk than developed market investments as a result of, but not limited to, the following: inadequate regulations, volatile securities markets, adverse exchange rates, and social, political, military, regulatory, economic or environmental developments, or natural disasters.

 

Equity investments are subject to market risk, which means that the value of the securities in which it invests may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies, particular sectors and/or general economic conditions. Different investment styles (e.g., “growth” and “value”) tend to shift in and out of favor, and, at times, the strategy may underperform other strategies that invest in similar asset classes. The market capitalization of a company may also involve greater risks (e.g. “small” or “mid” cap companies) than those associated with larger, more established companies and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements, in addition to lower liquidity.

 

Investments in fixed income securities are subject to the risks associated with debt securities generally, including credit, liquidity, interest rate, prepayment and extension risk. Bond prices fluctuate inversely to changes in interest rates. Therefore, a general rise in interest rates can result in the decline in the bond’s price. The value of securities with variable and floating interest rates are generally less sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with fixed interest rates. Variable and floating rate securities may decline in value if interest rates do not move as expected. Conversely, variable and floating rate securities will not generally rise in value if market interest rates decline. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer will default on payments of interest and principal. Credit risk is higher when investing in high yield bonds, also known as junk bonds. Prepayment risk is the risk that the issuer of a security may pay off principal more quickly than originally anticipated. Extension risk is the risk that the issuer of a security may pay off principal more slowly than originally anticipated. All fixed income investments may be worth less than their original cost upon redemption or maturity.

 

Private investors should also consider some of the potential risks of alternative investments:

 

Alternative Strategies. Alternative strategies often engage in leverage and other investment practices that are speculative and involve a high degree of risk. Such practices may increase the volatility of performance and the risk of investment loss, including the entire amount that is invested.

 

Manager experience. Manager risk includes those that exist within a manager’s organization, investment process or supporting systems and infrastructure. There is also a potential for fund-level risks that arise from the way in which a manager constructs and manages the fund.

 

Leverage. Leverage increases a fund’s sensitivity to market movements. Funds that use leverage can be expected to be more “volatile” than other funds that do not use leverage. This means if the investments a fund buys decrease in market value, the value of the fund’s shares will decrease by even more.

 

Counterparty risk. Alternative strategies often make significant use of over- the- counter (OTC) derivatives and therefore are subject to the risk that counterparties will not perform their obligations under such contracts.

 

Liquidity risk. Alternatives strategies may make investments that are illiquid or that may become less liquid in response to market developments. At times, a fund may be unable to sell certain of its illiquid investments without a substantial drop in price, if at all.

 

Valuation risk. There is risk that the values used by alternative strategies to price investments may be different from those used by other investors to price the same investments.

 

Alternative Investments – Hedge funds and other private investment funds (collectively, “Alternative Investments”) are subject to less regulation than other types of pooled investment vehicles such as mutual funds. Alternative Investments may impose significant fees, including incentive fees that are based upon a percentage of the realized and unrealized gains and an individual’s net returns may differ significantly from actual returns. Such fees may offset all or a significant portion of such Alternative Investment’s trading profits. Alternative Investments are not required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information. Investors may have limited rights with respect to their investments, including limited voting rights and participation in the management of such Alternative Investments.

 

Investments in real estate companies, including REITs or similar structures are subject to volatility and additional risk, including loss in value due to poor management, lowered credit ratings and other factors.

 

Collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) involve many of the risks associated with debt securities, including interest rate risk, credit risk, default risk, and liquidity risk. The risks of an investment in a CLO also depend largely on the quality and type of the collateral and the class or “tranche” of the CLO. There is the possibility that the strategy may invest in CLOs that are subordinate to other classes. CLOs also can be difficult to value and may be highly leveraged (which could make them highly volatile). The use of CLOs may result in losses.

 

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) strategies may take risks or eliminate exposures found in other strategies or broad market benchmarks that may cause performance to diverge from the performance of these other strategies or market benchmarks. ESG strategies will be subject to the risks associated with their underlying investments’ asset classes. Further, the demand within certain markets or sectors that an ESG strategy targets may not develop as forecasted or may develop more slowly than anticipated.

 

Infrastructure investments are susceptible to various factors that may negatively impact their businesses or operations, including regulatory compliance, rising interest costs in connection with capital construction, governmental constraints that impact publicly funded projects, the effects of general economic conditions, increased competition, commodity costs, energy policies, unfavorable tax laws or accounting policies and high leverage.

 

The above are not an exhaustive list of potential risks. There may be additional risks that are not currently foreseen or considered.

 

Index Benchmarks

 

Indices are unmanaged. The figures for the index reflect the reinvestment of all income or dividends, as applicable, but do not reflect the deduction of any fees or expenses which would reduce returns. Investors cannot invest directly in indices.

 

The indices referenced herein have been selected because they are well known, easily recognized by investors, and reflect those indices that the Investment Manager believes, in part based on industry practice, provide a suitable benchmark against which to evaluate the investment or broader market described herein. The exclusion of “failed” or closed hedge funds may mean that each index overstates the performance of hedge funds generally.

 

Conflicts of Interest 

 

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General Disclosures

 

Diversification does not protect an investor from market risk and does not ensure a profit.

 

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Views and opinions expressed are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a recommendation by Goldman Sachs Asset Management to buy, sell, or hold any security, they should not be construed as investment advice.

 

Past performance does not guarantee future results, which may vary. The value of investments and the income derived from investments will fluctuate and can go down as well as up. A loss of principal may occur.

 

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There is no guarantee that objectives will be met.

 

Indices are unmanaged. The figures for the index reflect the reinvestment of all income or dividends, as applicable, but do not reflect the deduction of any fees or expenses which would reduce returns. Investors cannot invest directly in indices.

 

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Date of First Use: April 20, 2023.  310407-OTU-1766911

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