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Defensive Equity Strategies

Manage volatility without relying on market anomalies

Intech’s defensive equity strategies focus on managing absolute risk relative to equity markets, seeking upside participation and downside protection.

Low Volatility Strategies

Our low volatility strategies seek equity-market-like returns with low absolute risk and downside protection. We offer two approaches to fit our clients’ policy benchmarks or risk budgets. Each uses different optimization methods and index families. Neither relies on a low volatility anomaly.

Adaptive Volatility Strategies

A hybrid of Intech’s traditional and low volatility equity strategies, adaptive volatility strategies attempt to outperform cap-weighted benchmarks and manage absolute risk by dynamically reducing portfolio volatility to prevailing market risk conditions.

In risk-on or benign markets, adaptive volatility strategies will more closely resemble traditional equity strategies, and their beta exposure will tend to be higher. However, during periods of market stress, these strategies pursue volatility reduction and bear a resemblance to low volatility strategies.

Defensive Equity Income

Intech also offers a global adaptive volatility strategy with an income orientation. Plan sponsors can use this distinctive offering to target today’s retirement plan challenges like cash-flow-negative DB plans requiring income and liquidity or DC plan participants seeking to draw retirement income and mitigate longevity risk.

Defensive Equity Applications

Intech defensive strategies potentially address several challenges faced by today’s plan sponsors:

Defined Benefit Plans

  • Mitigate the 100% downside capture of passive equities 
  • Reduce illiquid alternatives used for diversification
  • Add an income source to cash-flow-negative plans
  • Lower funded status volatility with the same equity exposure
  • Increase equity beta exposure and retain your risk budget

Defined Contribution Plans

  • Increase or maintain equity upside potential in target-date models without corresponding levels of risk
  • Address retirement income and longevity risk simultaneously
  • Encourage participants to stay in the market longer
  • Mitigate participants’ temptation to time the market 
  • Nurture more consistent contributions

Endowments and Foundations

  • Reduce reliance on equity beta to meet spending policy requirements
  • Diversify equity pools with concentrated or higher-risk focus