GAM Investments is one of the world’s leading independent, pure-play asset managers. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to third-party asset managers. GAM employs over 900 people in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Lugano and Milan. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network, which includes sales, client service, marketing, product development and product management.
Since 1983, GAM has successfully employed an active investment management approach based on original thought, freedom of action and true conviction investing – all backed by a strong and flexible infrastructure and lean and effective processes. Having pioneered the open architecture approach in the 1980s, GAM also continues to work with carefully chosen, specialist, external investment managers. The absence of a ‘house style’ or ‘investment by committee’ approach enables our investment managers to develop independent market views and to fully realise the potential inherent in their portfolios.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol ‘GAM’. The Group has assets under management of CHF 163.8 billion (USD 165.0 bn) as at 30 June 2018.
Our investment philosophy is based on two principles:
1. The flexibility to move between asset classes is to achieve long term investment goals. A core equity element complemented by capital preservation assets such as differentiated fixed income & credit and alternative investments should be a key driver of long term risk-adjusted outperformance.
2. Active management at the asset, regional and thematic levels adds value to portfolios while selective use of active stock selection can generate outperformance against a given market index. Passive and factor equity allocations can enhance returns further using top-down market insights.