Our philosophy and process

  • Sustainable ‘red lines’ ensure the poorest-performing companies are not eligible for investment, such as companies which violate the UN Global Compact Principles of sustainable corporate performance. Companies which we think are incompatible with the aim of limiting global warming to 2°C are also excluded.
  • We engage with companies where ESG issues are resolvable and can be improved, and report on that activity. We will not invest in any company that derives more than 10% of its turnover from the production and sale of tobacco.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Real Return strategy is managed by an experienced team with a wide range of backgrounds. Our global sector analysts and investment managers are located on a single floor in London, which helps to ensure that the investment process is flexible and opportunistic. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

17
years' average investment experience
15
years' average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy has an absolute-return style performance aim, while seeking to preserve capital, through security selection, diversification and simple hedging strategies. The strategy invests in well-run businesses that both have durable financial and competitive positions and manage positively the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society.

Performance aim

The strategy aims to deliver a minimum return of cash (one-month sterling LIBOR) +4% per annum over 5 years before fees. In doing so, the strategy aims to achieve a positive return on a rolling 3-year basis. However, a positive return is not guaranteed and a capital loss may occur.
Sustainable investment strategies brochure

Brochure

More detail on the strategy's investment approach.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Key investment risks

 

  • The performance aim is not a guarantee, may not be achieved and a capital loss may occur. Strategies which have a higher performance aim generally take more risk to achieve this and so have a greater potential for the returns to be significantly different than expected.
  • This strategy invests in global markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • The strategy may use derivatives to generate returns as well as to reduce costs and/or the overall risk of the strategy. Using derivatives can involve a higher level of risk. A small movement in the price of an underlying investment may result in a disproportionately large movement in the price of the derivative investment.
  • Investments in bonds are affected by interest rates and inflation trends which may affect the value of the strategy.
  • The strategy holds bonds with a low credit rating that have a greater risk of default. These investments may affect the value of the strategy.
  • The strategy may invest in emerging markets. These markets have additional risks due to less developed market practices.
  • The strategy may invest in investments that are not traded regularly and are therefore subject to greater fluctuations in price.
  • The strategy may invest in small companies which may be riskier and less liquid (i.e. harder to sell) than large companies. This means that their share prices may have greater fluctuations.
  • The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently to strategies that have similar objectives but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities.