Global absolute return strategies (GARS)

A new option for managing volatility

Most conventional investment funds only reward investors when markets go up. In contrast, absolute return funds seek to deliver consistent, positive absolute returns whether markets are rising or falling. The Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) mandate is accessible from Manulife as a segregated fund*. It aims to deliver positive absolute returns over the medium to long term in all market conditions.

*The segregated fund invests substantially all its assets in Canadian dollar hedged Class Z shares of the Standard Life Investments Global SICAV Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund (the “GARS Fund”). The assets of the GARS Fund are managed by Standard Life Investments Limited. Performance of the Standard Life Investments Global SICAV Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund is not guaranteed. This fund is not a substitute for cash or deposits. In order to achieve its investment objective, the Standard Life Investments Global SICAV Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund will make extensive use of derivatives. The value of an investment may rise as well as fall.

Why the GARS Fund?

Potential for a smoother investment journey

Diversification

A portfolio manager you can trust

 

What’s more, when you invest in the GARS mandate through a segregated fund contract, you can access features like built-in segregated fund guarantees, estate benefits and potential creditor protection.

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Frequently asked questions

The portfolio manager of the GARS Fund adopts a risk-based approach, which leads it to expect volatily to be lower than in a traditional global equity portfolio with similar long-term objectives.

The assets of the GARS Fund are managed by Standard Life Investments Limited. The GARS strategy is managed by a team of more than 50 investment professionals. The team’s key area of expertise is its ability to source, analyze and exploit a wide range of market return opportunities, while also independently seeking performance from security selection sources.

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