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Natixis Risk-Efficient Portfolios

Portfolio overview

  • Our Risk Efficient models are a series of four portfolios - Conservative, Moderate, Growth, Income – that provide overall asset allocation exposure for clients with varying risk tolerances and objectives.

  • The portfolios combine a strategic core of actively managed mutual funds with tactical holdings in passive ETFs.

  • Each model contains a dedicated allocation to liquid alternatives, which provides downside protection and a source of uncorrelated return.

  • Our models utilize Natixis affiliate products alongside offerings from third-party managers.

  • Our goal is to maximize return and outperform the benchmark while taking on reasonable risk relative to that benchmark.

  • Portfolios are managed with a 1-3% tracking error guideline to ensure they align with the risk profile of each model.


Portfolio construction

  • Portfolio construction is a five-step process:

    • Establish strategic allocations (annually)

    • Design the alternatives sleeve by drawing on a variety of liquid alternatives strategies (annually)

    • Construct the tactical overlay (on-going with a 3-6 month horizon)

    • Conduct manager research and selection to populate fund allocations (on-going)

    • Monitor risk (on-going)

  • We optimize our strategic allocations once annually and rebalance our holdings of traditional mutual funds at that time.

  • Thereafter the portfolios are adjusted on an on-going basis via their ETF allocations, which represent approximately one-third of the overall portfolios.

  • Tactical views are developed by the portfolio management team in conjunction with the Natixis Investment Managers Solutions Investment Committee.

  • We execute 10-14 tactical trades per year within the ETF holdings.

  • Each model is managed against a dedicated benchmark that guides our asset allocation decisions.

  • Portfolio alpha is generated by asset allocation, tactical trading, and manager selection.


Objective: To provide professionally managed diversified core portfolios that seek to maximize return and effectively manage risk.

Inception date: 

  • Natixis Risk Efficient Income: 11/1/2016
  • Natixis Risk Efficient Growth: 11/1/2012
  • Natixis Risk Efficient Moderate: 11/1/2012
  • Natixis Risk Efficient Conservative: 11/1/2012




Christopher Sharpe, CFA®
Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Portfolios
Natixis Investment Managers Solutions
Daniel Price, CFA®, FRM®
Chief Investment Officer, Overlay Management
Natixis Investment Managers Solutions
Jack Janasiewicz, CFA®
Portfolio Manager and Lead Portfolio Strategist
Natixis Investment Managers Solutions
Brian Kmetz, CFA®, CIPM®
Vice President and Portfolio Manager
Natixis Investment Managers Solutions

Natixis Investment Managers | Solutions

Natixis Investment Managers Solutions provides design, development and execution of portfolio strategies tailored to clients’ specific investment objectives and unique portfolio constraints.

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