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One of the longest running systematic managers.
Technology-empowered active investment management focused on delivering performance and client portfolio solutions.
One of the longest running systematic managers.
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Who we are
Man AHL is a team of researchers, developers and traders of systematic investment strategies. We apply scientific rigour and robust technology to diverse collections of data and hundreds of global markets. Through our innovative and collaborative culture, we aim to generate superior for our clients across a range of diversified products.
With more than 30 years experience of research and innovation, Man AHL has been one of the longest running systematic managers.
Man AHL was founded in 1987 as a Commodity Trading Advisor ("CTA"), with Man Group initially taking a majority stake in the business in 1989 before acquiring the remaining share in 1994. From an initial focus on trend-following strategies, Man AHL has evolved into a multi-strategy quant business.
While leveraging from a long standing experience, Man AHL also thrives to constantly promote innovation and unconventional and unconstrained thinking.
Man AHL founded
Real-time Intra-day trading
AHL Alpha Programme
Fully automated electronic FX trading
AHL Evolution Programme
AHL Dimension Programme
Opened Man AHL Trading Centre in Hong Kong
AHL TargetRisk Programme
AHL Frontier Programme
Man AHL Institutional Solutions
Equity market ESG screening
AHL Macro Programme
Firm-wide execution team created
RI Exclusion list applied accross our single name universe
QFII licence acquired
Our investment programmes are based on a long-standing philosophy that markets exhibit persistent anomalies, such as price trends, mean reversion, carry or other repeatable patterns, which can be identified through careful statistical analysis. We believe many of these inefficiencies result from behavioural biases, for example risk aversion, anchoring and herding.
Our core principles centre on diversification, efficiency and risk control. In addition to our continuous efforts to expand the range of trading strategies, great effort is afforded to researching new markets in order to maximise portfolio diversification. With thousands of trading signals generated each day, we believe it is vitally important to streamline trade execution – including order netting, automating flow, maintaining a breadth of counterparties and backup trading centres which can operate 24 hours per day.
Risk management is built into all our models, and is further enhanced by our independent Risk team who use proprietary systems developed since our founding in 1987.
Engaging with our clients in a strategic partnership is our number one priority. We strive to exceed expectations through the quality of our investment solutions and by providing outstanding levels of client service and transparency.
We offer a broad and diversified range of systematic programmes according to the following three categories:
Man AHL has been trading momentum strategies for around three decades. Today, flagship momentum programmes access a broad array of momentum models spanning over 700 markets.
These programmes offer unconstrained access to the entire suite of Man AHL’s systematic momentum, mean-reversion, and fundamental models. The Institutional Solutions Programme gives larger investors the opportunity to customise their investment to suit their own requirements.
These programmes trade a similar universe of models to the above programmes, but are constrained to the most liquid markets.
We bring a scientific, empirical mind-set to investing. We only trade ideas and theories that we can test and prove. We act on evidence and strive to model and understand all aspects of the investment universe. But we are not academic theorists. We are practical scientists who apply our knowledge to producing something of financial value.
Science Applied to Finance
We believe that no data-set, market or model is out of bounds. We are constantly looking for systematic trading opportunities across the globe and actively encourage our people to find alpha in new places.
The Oxford-Man Institute ('OMI') is Man Group’s unique collaboration with the University of Oxford. Over the last decade, the OMI, part of the university’s Department of Engineering Science, has been conducting research into quantitative finance, and now focuses primarily on machine learning techniques and data analytics.
Located in the same building as Man AHL’s Oxford Research Lab, the OMI provides us with a direct connection to advanced machine learning research and allows for the fruitful cross-pollination of ideas between the investment and academic communities. Work done at the OMI, including in areas seemingly unrelated to investment – such as galaxy classification and measurement of the height of tides – has directly contributed to our investment methodologies.
At Man AHL, we incorporate RI in our investment process whilst recognising our fiduciary role and aiming to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns to our clients.
Our breadth of capabilities means that there is no single environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) framework which can be applied uniformly across our programmes.
As such, we are constantly looking at innovative ways to incorporate RI into our systematic portfolios. We also integrate RI into the investment process via a proprietary RI exclusion list. This list supports the exclusion of 4 areas across our single name universe, namely: controversial arms and munitions, nuclear weapons, tobacco and companies that derive over 50% of their revenue from coal production. A RI-oriented proxy voting policy is applied to all holdings as we believe that it is our duty to use our voting rights to promote sound corporate governance practices at our investee companies on behalf of our clients.
Our responsibility extends further than the investment process to aspects such as stewardship and diversity. For example, a diverse workforce allows us to have a range of academic and technical expertise, fostering an inclusive and innovative research environment which, we believe, ultimately benefits our investors.
Finally, Man AHL engages with the wider investment management community to discuss, critically evaluate and shape emerging best practice.
We truly believe that advanced quantitative trading strategies necessitate robust technology at all stages; from market data acquisition and initial research through to model implementation and trade execution. We believe this primary focus enables our scientific models to move from concept through back-testing and into production trading with minimum overhead and maximum efficiency.
Having a common programming language and unified codebase promotes collaborative and stimulating working practices. Our hardware, tools and software engineering practices ensure high levels of productivity, quality and the necessary agility to quickly meet the needs of a dynamic business.
In Execution technology, our core goal is to ensure best execution for our clients. As we fundamentally consider that competition is key to this, we have multiple trading routes; AHL-developed algorithms, third-party algorithms and a manual trading desk. We continually enforce rigorous competition between these routes in an effort to ensure that we are always trading optimally.
Through a thoughtful combination of specialised hardware, proprietary software, and heavy investment in open-source technology we have created a technology platform that greatly increases research velocity and satisfaction, with the intent of ultimately benefiting our clients.
Man’s Data Science group is a critical backbone within the organization. Having a common data platform encourages cross group collaboration and innovative thinking to find unique insights in data. We look beyond the traditional landscape to develop creative solutions for a variety of complex investment thesis. Data specialists collaborate with our researchers to guide new ideas, investment strategies, and differentiated alpha decisions for the benefit of our clients.
We do not give up just because something is hard. We persevere, adapt and evolve our approaches, constantly looking to optimise our strategies.
We are passionate about our strategies and how they can provide significant value to our clients over the long-term.
We are not purely academic. We aim to produce compelling returns in real world markets for our investors.
We bring a scientific, empirical mind-set to investing. We act on evidence and strive to model and understand all aspects of the investment universe.
We believe that the best way to extract value from leading minds is to encourage a thoughtful exchange of ideas in an open environment.
At a glance
At Man AHL, we are committed to developing a great culture, and offer a range of events and activities that encourage our people to cultivate their interests both within and outside of the workplace.
Our people, our culture and our environment make Man AHL the place it is.
We believe that the diversity of expertise within the firm fosters a compelling ‘group challenge’ ethic rather than a ‘group think’ attitude. With over 20 first languages spoken across the firm, one of the ways we foster our ‘group challenge’ ethic is to ensure that we have a wide variety of perspectives within the team. We hope that by providing our people with a high level of freedom we can empower and encourage them to reach their full potential.
We are always looking for people who bring a scientific, empirical mind set to investing; those who are practical scientists with a passion for producing something of financial value.
The Man Charitable Trust is a philanthropic trust funded by donations from Man which focuses its grant giving on literacy, numeracy and programmes that support disadvantaged people to engage with education and build the necessary life skills to improve life chances and employment prospects. A key part of Man AHL’s culture is to encourage philanthropic activities across the team and the Trust provides access to charitable activities such as Give As You Earn (GAYE), Sponsorship Matching and Employee Community Volunteering.
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