- Investment Expertise
We are committed to supporting the insurance sector and have a dedicated insurance solutions team.
We’re finding that an increasing number of institutional, pension fund and high-net-worth investors are turning to private equity in order to enhance their portfolio performance.
- Our insight
The House View process provides a consistent macroeconomic framework to analysing global financial markets.
Our Head of Global Strategy, Andrew Milligan, introduces the latest edition of Global Outlook, a summary of our House View.
Standard Life Investments’ Global Strategy team provide regular analysis of the key economic data that has been influencing financial markets.
Our global strategists combine valuable experience, thorough research and analysis to tackle major issues of the moment.
Governance and stewardship is about making sure that companies’ operational processes and policies are robust and responsible.
- How we discharge our stewardship responsibilities
- Our policy for managing conflicts of interests
- How we monitor our investee companies
- Our guidelines for escalating engagement
- Our willingness to act collectively with other investors
- Our policy on voting and voting disclosure
- How we report on stewardship to our clients
We recognise the importance of transparency and accountability when it comes to our stewardship responsibilities. To this end, we have published an annual review of our governance and stewardship activities, which provides an account of how we have fulfilled our responsibilities. Please select the link below to view the 2015 annual review.2015 annual review
- Responsible Investment
We recognise that the management of environmental and social responsibilities is subject to many factors, and take into account the particular circumstances, industries and locations in which the companies operate.
We've produced guidelines on responsible investment to explain how we evaluate the environmental and social policies of the companies in which we are (or might be) an investor.
Our experience in operating across many different investment cycles and markets provides us with the context to manage change. Throughout these cycles, we have the people, philosophy and proficiency of process to plot what we believe is the right course for our clients’ assets.
- Secure content
When it comes to examining real estate opportunities, we use a robust and repeatable process. It is underpinned by our Focus on Change philosophy, which aims to anticipate shifts in markets/asset prices before the competition. Our process contains three key elements:
- stock selection
- asset management
We apply a rigorous approach to researching global real estate markets as we believe the best opportunities come from investments where we have the deepest insights. Understanding what drives returns and constantly tracking what is changing helps us anticipate real estate pricing and ultimately unlock superior performance.
Our dedicated real estate research team – one of the longest established in Europe – continually analyses global markets and identify those markets and sectors that offer best value. The team’s research helps set our Real Estate House View, which gives predicted returns of over 100 markets and provides valuable insight to our investment team. These views drive stock selection, asset allocation and asset management across all our portfolios.
Diligent stock selection
Selecting the right stocks is critically important in achieving superior investment performance. Therefore, only the most attractive investment opportunities make it into our portfolios. We scrutinise every potential investment, taking into account location, local market dynamics, physical condition and income quality. We select only those assets that offer investors a real prospect of long-term capital and income growth. In addition, our scale and reputation gives us access to some of the best opportunities available.
Astute asset management
We carefully manage and monitor each investment and aim to continually add value. We regularly appraise each property in our portfolios and use active investment management to realise inherent value. This can include offering tenants valued services, letting vacant space and negotiating favourable lease terms. In conjunction with our experienced development team, we may also seek to improve or redevelop buildings. The development team is responsible for realising potential and ensuring projects are managed effectively. Overall, by actively managing our properties, we aim to improve investment returns.