Since our firm’s founding in 1989 we have remained committed to the pursuit of consistently adding value to our clients' portfolios above their stated benchmarks. As our founder, Lang Wheeler, first put it, “no alpha, no business,” a motto that has since evolved to "alpha first."
Our quantitative investment offerings have grown from a single US equity strategy to include long-only, active extension and long-short equity and fixed income strategies across geographic regions, investment styles and capitalization strata. In September 2014, we were acquired by Man Group plc.
Man Numeric has grown from a few billion dollars in assets and a handful of employees in the 1990’s to more than $30B in total assets and more than 50 dedicated investment professionals today in addition to our extensive employee network within the Man Group infrastructure.
Under our senior leadership, which averages 20 years at Numeric, we remain committed to ongoing innovation as we continue to invest in research and development, incorporating new data science techniques and new data sources, and remain devoted to partnering with our clients as well as delivering growth opportunities for our employees.
- Man Numeric founded and launched first strategy (U.S. Equity)
- First market neutral strategy
- First international strategy
- First active extension strategy
- First emerging markets strategy
- Global long-only strategy
- Became a PRI signatory
- First low volatility strategy
- Alternative Risk Premia strategy
- Systematic credit
- Liquid PE
- China A
- ESG alpha model
- Machine learning
- Long-short credit
- Long term equity
We believe that there are pockets of inefficiency in the market that can be exploited through the use of cutting-edge technology and data science techniques, as enabled by our continuous investment in top talent and research capabilities.
We strive to add value for our clients along multiple dimensions. We believe that security selection, risk control, and efficient implementation are all paramount in our pursuit of alpha. Our quantitative process aims to instill rigor and discipline into each of these aspects of our investment approach. It is deep in our DNA to incorporate vast amounts of data into almost all decisions, providing a foundation that enables us to take advantage of the growth in data that has occurred in recent years. Our investment team plays a critical role in overseeing the models and ensuring that that their output is in line with our qualitative expectations.
In an ever-advancing technological environment, our competitors may have similar access to research and data. Coupled with increasingly efficient markets, we must be ever vigilant in improving our stock selection models and seeking truly differentiated potential sources of alpha.
Research occurs in both our portfolio management team, with a focus on examining portfolio behaviors and issues, and in our Strategic Alpha Research team, where the focus is on more aggressive, far-reaching, open-ended innovation. The Strategic Alpha Research group uses a structured approach to evaluating research ideas, monitoring research progress, and making proposals to the Investment Committee. Through our strategic commitment to research, Man Numeric is able to explore and test a varied and original set of new ideas on an ongoing basis. This allows us to continuously enhance our strategies, remain competitive, and adapt to structural changes in the markets. Our decades of experience have left us with a healthy appreciation for the commitment required to uncover new potential alpha sources.
While we work on innovative new ideas every day, bi-annually we host an internal, 24-hour hackathon, where we encourage employees to test their wildest ideas, take risks and possibly develop these ideas into useable applications.
At Man Numeric we team innovative technology with talented investment professionals.
While computers have revolutionized the investment industry, we believe it is the combination of people and technology that produces the best results. We take a problem-driven approach to design and development by letting the problem drive the tools and technologies we use. We continually invest in technology as we strive to stay ahead of the curve.
Having a common programming language and unified codebase promotes collaborative and stimulating working practices, where researchers and technologists naturally exchange ideas in an open environment. Our robust hardware, tools and software engineering practices help ensure high levels of productivity, quality and the necessary agility to quickly meet the needs of a dynamic business.
It all starts with data. Lots of it. We source vast amounts of data from numerous vendors to feed our research and portfolio management processes. This poses constant technological challenges. We are continuously improving our data ingestion by innovating the methods used for data storage solutions and building a next-generation research platform for data science.
Go beyond the models. Our proprietary trading system gives portfolio managers and traders inventive and highly flexible ways to monitor and direct order flow. This allows us to tailor customized strategies for our clients to help meet their specific needs.
Technology is evolving. And so are we.
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Building on a long history of incorporating Governance-related signals within our models, we began explicitly incorporating more comprehensive ESG signals directly into our alpha models in early 2019.
Our ESG integration is consistent with our existing investment philosophy: a principles-based approach that focuses on data and academic research rather than datamining factors. Our ESG approach deliberately harnesses the domain expertise of the hundreds of analysts from our primary data providers. For strategies that are explicitly dedicated to Responsible Investing or for clients who request it, we also actively constrain the portfolio’s total carbon emissions.
We adhere to the old adage that you can do well while doing good and believe that our approach to creating portfolios that are more sustainable and ethical allows us to improve risk-adjusted performance for our clients while being responsible stewards of their capital. We work hand in hand with clients to customize portfolios to their desired objectives.
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We offer a comprehensive range of investment solutions in formats that can be tailored to meet specific client needs. Our solutions offer client driven optionality and customization including liquidity, investment restrictions, tracking error as well as the level of ESG exposure, all fully embedded in the investment process.
We offer various structures including separately managed accounts, advisory mandates, and other commingled variants (e.g., Cayman, UCITS, AIFs).
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