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EMD Local RFP on RFPnetworks illustrated by street scene in Doha.

Emerging Market Debt Local Currency

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

GBP 50 million

Deadline:

January 30, 2023

Investor:

UK Wealth Manager

Status:

Managers Responding

Benchmark:

N/A - All EMD Local Managers will be considered.

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

N/A

Investment Process Characteristics:

- You should have ample research capabilities to cover a wide spectrum of issuers globally. Or utilise data screening techniques that are able to narrow down the universe to a more manageable size and simultanenously identify interesting opportunities for further analysis.

- Be designed to continuously identify new investment ideas from the EMD Local universe, using either your top-down thematic/macro insights and/or pure bottom-up issuer analysis.

- Risks relating to geo-political themes, macroeconomics, microeconomics, country, duration, ESG, currency, etc... will be continuously measured, managed and integrated into your process.

Portfolio Characteristics:

At this stage we are open to different types of portfolios. It is of more value to us to understand why you have chosen for a specific portfolio design (e.g. higher quality, duration neutral versus your benchmark, etc...). And why this is aligned with our interests as an allocator to EMD Local Bonds. Allocations to hard currency and EM Corporate bonds are allowed up to a total joint maximum of 15 %.

Performance Characteristics:

- We are open to boutiques and large EMD Local managers. As such we are not setting any specific requirements on track record or AuM minimums. Your entire proposition will be considered, not just performance.

- To facilitate manager performance comparisons, please ensure you upload your longest monthly fund performance track record in USD.

- If your USD fund has a short track record but follows an equivalent USD product with a longer track record (e.g. a separate account track record), please provide the longer track record explaining what you have provided.

- If you do not have a USD fund/product but are prepared to launch a new share class, use the longest track record you have specifying the base currency of the track record provided.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Fund
Global High Yield RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by peacock displaying their feathers.

Global High Yield

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

GBP 50 million

Deadline:

January 26, 2023

Investor:

UK Wealth Manager

Status:

Managers Responding

Benchmark:

N/A - All Global High Yield Managers will be considered.

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

N/A

Investment Process Characteristics:

- You should have ample research capabilities to cover a wide spectrum of issuers globally. Or utilise data screening techniques that are able to narrow down the universe to a more manageable size and simultaneously identify interesting opportunities for further analysis.

- Be designed to continuously identify new investment ideas from the Global High Yield universe, using either your top-down thematic/macro/sectoral insights and/or pure bottom-up credit selection analysis.

- Risks relating to region, country, sector, duration, ESG, currency, etc... will be continuously measured, managed and integrated into your process.

Portfolio Characteristics:

At this stage we are open to different types of portfolios. It is of more value to us to understand why you have chosen for a specific portfolio design (e.g. higher quality, duration neutral versus your benchmark, etc...). And why this is aligned with our interests as an allocator to Global High Yield at this stage in the credit cycle. Allocations to both bonds and loans are allowed.

Performance Characteristics:

- We are open to boutiques and large high yield managers. As such we are not setting any specific requirements on track record or AuM minimums. Your entire proposition will be considered, not just performance.

- To facilitate manager performance comparisons, please ensure you upload your longest monthly fund performance track record in USD.

- If your USD fund has a short track record but follows an equivalent USD product with a longer track record (e.g. a separate account track record), please provide the longer track record explaining what you have provided.

- If you do not have a USD fund/product but are prepared to launch a new share class, use the longest track record you have specifying the base currency of the track record provided.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Fund
Europe High Yield Bond RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by mini golf

Europe High Yield

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

EUR 80 Million

Deadline:

January 24, 2023

Investor:

German Pension Fund

Status:

Managers Responding

Benchmark:

Bloomberg Pan-European High Yield Index

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

N/A

Investment Process Characteristics:

- Sufficient resources to cover the Pan-European issuer universe.
- Based on in-depth credit research.
- Repeatable process that has been tested in different market environments.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- Risk should be sufficiently diversified across countries, sectors and issuers.
- The main driver of performance will be credit risk.
- Duration risk will be a smaller contributor to performance.

Performance Characteristics:

- 3 year live performance record as of 31 October 2022 in either a fund or composite format. (Strict requirement).
- Demonstrate that your active management approach generates better risk adjusted returns than a pure passive approach.
- Outperformance of the index is welcome, but it is not a prerequisite for participation. We will focus on your risk-adjusted returns, not just alpha.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

EUR 400 Million

Investment Vehicle:

Separate account with one manager. Or via funds using one or two managers (your fund size must be greater than EUR 400 million).
RFPnetworks RFP Euro Investment Grade Bonds depicted by Frankfurt Skyline at night.

Euro Investment Grade Corporate Bonds

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

EUR 120 million

Deadline:

November 29, 2022

Investor:

German Pension Fund

Status:

Results Expected January

Benchmark:

Bloomberg Barclays Euro Aggregate Corporate Index

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

100 bps p.a.

Investment Process Characteristics:

- Strong coverage of all Euro issuers.
- Expertise in deep credit research.
- Conservatively managed with a focus on minimising downside risk.
- Incorporate ESG factors in the evaluation of issuers (especially for Financials).

Portfolio Characteristics:

- Highly diversified across all sectors.
- Limited large positions versus the benchmark (i.e. a benchmark aware approach).
- Moderate active risk with respect to duration, ratings and subordination versus the benchmark (under/overweights).

Performance Characteristics:

- Limit underpeformance in down markets versus our benchmark.
- 3 year track record as of 30 Sept 2022 - we will not consider shorter track records.
- Target an annualised alpha of 100 basis points over 5 year period.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Separate Account
Global Quant Equity RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by computer generated algorithms

Global Equity

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

USD 100 million

Deadline:

September 28, 2022

Investor:

UK Pension Fund

Status:

Awaiting Update - Expected December

Benchmark:

MSCI World USD

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

0.5 - 5.0

Annualised Alpha Target:

50 basis points p.a. minimum

Investment Process Characteristics:

Pure quantitative process such as:
- Enhanced or re-engineered indexing.
- Factor risks or smart beta based.
- Data-driven quantitative models designed to generate bottom-up/top-down country/sector/stock decisions.
- Systematic processes that combine elements of any of the above.

Your philosophy will be grounded in academic research and/or internal proprietary insights that have identified specific market, and/or benchmark inefficiencies, that can be structurally exploited by a quantitative, model-based process.

Managers who should not apply:
- Traditional bottom-up fundamental stock-pickers should not respond to this questionnaire. Instead they should consider our parallel search on RFPnetworks to add a complementary fundamental manager to our equity portfolio.
- Fund of funds, or multi-managers will not be considered.
- Managers proposing passive benchmark replication will not be considered.
- Managers whose process cannot be executed against our benchmark should not respond.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- Your universe should be limited to developed markets as defined by the countries in our benchmark.
- Investments in non-benchmark companies listed in developed markets are allowed, without limitation.
- Number of portfolio holdings: Lower limit of 100 companies (soft minimum). Upper limit unbounded.
- Active country/sector/stock risk limits versus our benchmark – flexible.
- Active value, momentum, quality, size, dividend, volatility factor tilt limits versus our benchmark – flexible.

Limitations
- No investments in companies listed in emerging market countries as defined by MSCI.
- Exposure to both value and growth companies is required - weightings at the discretion of the manager.

Performance Characteristics:

- Your product should be designed to outperform our benchmark by at least 50 basis points p.a. net of your annual management fee.
- (Hard knock-out) A live track record of less than 1 year as of 31 July 2022 for the product being proposed will not be considered.
- (Hard knock-out) A live track record of less than 3 years will need to be supported by a back-tested validation, or track record at a previous firm, for the model(s) being used in the process.
- Performance data should be in USD, not GBP.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

USD 1 billion

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Separate Account, or Institutional Fund > USD1bn
Fund Manager on street in Asia on business trip

Asia Equities

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

USD 130 Million

Deadline:

September 2, 2022

Investor:

German Pension Fund

Status:

Results Released

Benchmark:

MSCI AC Asia ex Japan NR USD

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

2.5 - 12.5

Annualised Alpha Target:

150 basis points p.a.

Investment Process Characteristics:

- Active investment style.

- Blend or Growth manager.

- Combine top-down country & sector decisions with fundamental, bottom-up, stock-picking.

- Active share greater than 50% (soft minimum).

Portfolio Characteristics:

Your portfolio should be flexible and adapt to the changing risks and opportunities in Asia.
Main indicative investment guidelines (to be agreed with selected manager):
- Cash limit: (open to discussion).
- Benchmark investments: (up to 100%)
- Off-benchmark Asian* companies listed in countries covered by our benchmark are allowed (no individual limit).
- Off-benchmark Asian* companies listed in countries not covered by our benchmark are allowed (no individual limit).
- Off-benchmark investments in companies listed in Australia and New Zealand are allowed (no individual limit).
- Total off-benchmark exposure: (30% soft maximum - open to discussion).
- Country and Sector deviations from our benchmark are allowed (no individual limit).

*We define Asian companies as companies that are either:
1) Headquartered in a country within our benchmark, irrespective of their country of listing.
Or,
2) Headquartered in a country outside of our benchmark, who derive >66% (open to discussion) of their total revenues from countries within our benchmark.

Performance Characteristics:

- 3 year track record as of 30 June 2022 (hard minimum).
- Be attributable to a clear, consistent process run by a stable team.
- Minimize under-performance, and maximize out-performance of our benchmark in both up and down markets, by using tracking error effectively.

- Periods of extreme or sustained under-performance must have a credible explanation, and be compensated by evidence of subsequent out-performance.

- You expect your process to deliver a long term average 3 year rolling IR above 0.3.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

USD 1 billion

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

USD 1 billion

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Separately Managed Account or Mutual Fund (Soft minimum fund size $1000mn).
US High Yield RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by Tall Building wrapped in Scaffolding

U.S. High Yield

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

USD 125 Million

Deadline:

August 17, 2022

Investor:

UK Pension Fund

Status:

Awaiting Update - Expected December

Benchmark:

Your Preferred High Yield Bond Benchmark

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

N/A

Investment Process Characteristics:

- Active Manager using a bottom up fundamentally driven credit research process.
- Active Enhanced Index or Smart Beta processes will be considered if they are grounded in fundamental research, and meet the other requirements set out in this specification.
- Pure passive processes aimed at replicating an index will not meet our requirements and should not be proposed.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- A broadly diversified portfolio formed from the analysis of the entire US High Yield Universe.
- Off benchmark exposure will be set according to your recommendation.
- Other constraints will be agreed in co-operation with the manager based on your proposal (e.g. Cash Limits).
- A high quality portfolio with a focus on BB/B ratings.
- Exposure to high quality lower rated issuers is permitted if the credit fundamentals suggest a mis-rating or rating upgrade potential.

Performance Characteristics:

- Aim to achieve a minimum of your benchmark's return net of all fees over the credit cycle.
- Hard Minimum of 3 years live track record as of 30 June 2022, using the same process at the current firm.
- Track records built at a previous firm, backtests, paper based portfolios, and theoretical model portfolios will not be accepted as a substitute for a 3 year live track record at the current firm using the current process.

NOTE: All Performance and AuM numbers, and fee schedules requested should be provided in USD, in order to facilitate our comparative analysis. Our currency hedging decision for this mandate will be addressed later in our process.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Segregated Mandate
Global Fundamental Equity RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by CEO Presenting to Fund Managers

Global Equity

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

USD 100 million

Deadline:

September 29, 2022

Investor:

UK Pension Fund

Status:

Awaiting Update - Expected December

Benchmark:

MSCI World USD

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

3.0 - 8.0

Annualised Alpha Target:

150 basis points p.a.

Investment Process Characteristics:

Fundamental process such as:
- Bottom-up stock picker with or without top-down/thematic/country/sector considerations.
- Perform desk-based and on-site fundamental company research.
- Your philosophy will be based on the belief that markets are inefficient and that an active process can be used to generate alpha.

Managers who should not apply:
- Pure quantitative managers should not respond to this questionnaire. Instead they should consider our parallel search on RFPnetworks to add a complementary quantitative manager to our equity portfolio.
- Fund of funds, or multi-managers will not be considered.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- Your universe should be limited to developed markets as defined by the countries in our benchmark.
- Investments in non-benchmark companies listed in developed markets are allowed, without limitation.
- Number of portfolio holdings: Lower limit of 35 companies (soft minimum). Upper limit 120 companies (soft limit)
- Active country/sector/stock risk limits versus our benchmark – flexible.

Limitations
- No investments in companies listed in emerging market countries as defined by MSCI.
- Pure Value or Pure Growth managers will not be considered.
- Exposure to both Value and Growth companies is required - weightings at the discretion of the manager.

Performance Characteristics:

- Your product should be designed to outperform our benchmark by at least 150 basis points p.a. net of your annual management fee.
- (Hard knock-out) A live track record of less than 3 years as of 31 July 2022 for the product being proposed will not be considered. Unless supported by a 3 year track record at a previous firm for the same key investment professionals & process (e.g. as a result of a team lift out into the current firm, or to form a new boutique).
- Performance data should be in USD, not GBP.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

USD 1 billion

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Separate Account, or Institutional Fund > USD1bn
Global Emerging Market equity RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by a busy street in Mumbai, India.

GEM Equity

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

USD 150 Million

Deadline:

July 8, 2022

Investor:

UK Pension Fund

Status:

Results Released

Benchmark:

MSCI Emerging Markets Index (USD)

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

2.0 - 8.0

Annualised Alpha Target:

200 basis points p.a.

Investment Process Characteristics:

- Fundamental bottom-up stock selector, driven by hands-on company research and meetings.
- Stock selection decisions may be supported by your macro, thematic, top-down, region, country and/or sector views.
- ESG risks and opportunities may be taken into consideration in your process. However this is not a search for a pure ESG manager.

- Pure ESG managers will only be considered if all other requirements are met as set out in this specification.
- Pure quantitative driven processes will not be considered, even if they rely on fundamental inputs into their model.
- Multi-managers will not be considered.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- Alpha should primarily be driven by stock selection.
- Country/sector neutrality/deviations versus the index are at the managers discretion.
- Core or Core-Growth strategies only.

- Pure value managers will not be considered.

Performance Characteristics:

- Our focus is on finding a high alpha manager that has the ability to strongly outperform the index over the next 7-10 years.
- Our target is an average of 200 basis points alpha annually over the next 7-10 year period, net of fees.
- Your past track record should prove unequivocally that you are a truly active manager.

- Track records of less than 3 years will only be considered if they have demonstrated periods of strong alpha generation.
- We are not looking for a manager whose target is index performance net of fees over the long term.

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

USD 1 billion

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Segregated Account
Multi-Asset Absolute Return RFP on RFPnetworks depicted by a cobweb of droplets

Multi Asset

Investment Management RFP

Indicative Investment:

GBP 100 Million

Deadline:

May 13, 2022

Investor:

UK Family Office

Status:

Results Released

Benchmark:

Average 5% p.a.

Ex-Ante Tracking Error:

N/A

Annualised Alpha Target:

N/A

Investment Process Characteristics:

- We are looking for an unconstrained approach to investing in global financial markets.

- You have the flexibility to invest in any investment category such as Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities etc...

- We have no limitations on investment category, region, country, sector, or sub-investment category (For example: Large Caps, Small Caps, Treasuries, Credit etc...).

- Your process should be simple to explain, structured and repeatable.

- Final responsibility for portfolio decisions relating to the purchase and sale of securities should be clearly identifiable, within your team.

Portfolio Characteristics:

- The portfolio should be designed to take advantage of investment opportunities that arise across a broad range of global financial markets.

- Allocations to investment categories (Equities, Fixed Income, etc...) may change dynamically in accordance with your conviction.

Performance Characteristics:

- Our primary objective is to achieve a minimum average absolute annual return of 5% over a 10 year time horizon.

- Preference will be given to firms that can manage the portfolio to minimize sustained negative performance, especially over any 12 month period. For example, using dynamic asset allocation, hedging techniques etc...

Firm AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Asset Class AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Product AuM (Hard Minimum):

N/A

Investment Vehicle:

Via a Fund or a Segregated Account