Every currency counts

Banks and specialist firms are pushing currency overlay as a means of reducing portfolio risk and boosting returns. But will the expected client demand materialise? Or will conflicting overlay styles, along with implementation issues, hamper progress?

The currency overlay industry has been running for at least 15 years without capturing investors’ imaginations. Until recently there was no conclusive proof that these programmes added any value to portfolios. But new studies show that the strategy can help pension funds, and other investors, capture significant returns. Couple these findings with the unremarkable performance in the equity and fixed-income markets over the past 12 months, and it is easy to see why currency overlay

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