WHY COHEN & STEERS

Tenured portfolio managers solely dedicated to commodities with an average 27 years of industry experience co-managing active strategies through various market environments

Proprietary data tools and deep analytics drive specialized research

Specialized resources including risk management, derivatives trading, and performance analytics as well as extensive collaboration with the other real asset investment teams

WHY ACTIVE COMMODITIES

Active management

This multi-dimensional investment process involves four core dynamic components: relative position weights, spread trades, enhanced roll yield and collateral management.

Portfolio diversification

Bottom-up analysis used to build a diversified portfolio invested across commodity sectors including energy, industrial metals, agriculture, livestock and precious metals

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Liquidity profile

Invests entirely in derivatives, primarily through the use of futures, which we believe provide liquid, direct, and inexpensive exposure to commodities markets

We believe an active, long-biased approach to commodities based on fundamental research has the potential to generate alpha while providing the diversification benefits of a commodities allocation within a broader portfolio.

The strategy employs an active, long-biased investment process based on fundamental research and seeks to outperform its benchmark over a full market cycle, achieve uncorrelated, equity-like returns, and provide portfolio diversification and mitigate the harmful impact of inflation.

FEATURED INSIGHT

Commodities’ redemption

Commodities have delivered historically strong performance, providing inflation hedging, diversification and compelling returns, with the potential to contribute meaningfully to a real assets allocation.

April 2022 | 17 mins

WHY INVEST WITH US

Delivering value to our clients

Cohen & Steers has been offering new and creative real asset and income-oriented investment solutions for both institutional and retail investors for more than 35 years. Research and active portfolio management remain the cornerstones of our investment process, backed by our commitment to deliver superior performance and to provide each client with the highest levels of service.

Commodities’ redemption
April 2022 | 17 mins
Commodities have delivered historically strong performance, providing inflation hedging, diversification and compelling returns, with the potential to contribute meaningfully to a real assets allocation.
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Ben Ross


PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

An experienced team

Ben Ross

Head of Commodities

29 years of experience

Nick Koutsoftas

Portfolio Manager, Commodities

28 years of experience

+2 analysts

We believe an active, long-biased approach based on fundamental research has the potential to generate alpha while providing the diversification benefits of a commodities allocation within a broader portfolio. The strategy invests entirely in derivatives, primarily through the use of futures, which we believe provide liquid, direct, and inexpensive exposure to commodities markets.

The team conducts in-depth, bottom-up analysis on commodities to build a diversified portfolio invested across commodity sectors, including energy, industrial metals, agriculture, livestock and precious metals. They analyze supply & demand fundamentals, inventory metrics, valuation, market participant composition, technical factors and the shape of the futures curve.

We complement the strength of our extensive internal research with insight provided by external industry experts and alternative data providers, who specialize in individual commodity markets. Based upon the bottom-up research, the investment team seeks to actively implement the strategy by setting relative commodity position weights, employing long/short spread trades, and actively analyzing the commodity term structure to maximize roll yield.

APPROACH

Our investment process

The strategy’s investment process is rooted in rigorous fundamental research focusing on the analysis of supply and demand balances, inventories, valuation, and other technical factors that affect price discovery for a broad universe of commodities. Based upon this bottom-up research, the team seeks to actively implement the strategy by tactically setting relative position weights, employing long/short spread trades, and optimizing contract selection and roll timing.

Investment universe
The strategy’s investment universe is comprised of approximately 30 commodities. We also follow and may invest (up to 20%) in out-of-universe commodities—if they meet specific liquidity guidelines. The investment team seeks to construct a broad, well-diversified portfolio at both the commodity and contract levels.

Fundamental research
TThis is the cornerstone of the investment process and drives portfolio construction. The investment team performs extensive research and analysis of each commodity’s supply and demand fundamentals, analyzes relevant macro and market factors and develops an informed valuation forecast.

Active management
This ongoing process involves three interconnected practices: setting relative commodity position weights, employing commodity spread trades and roll yield management.

A portfolio managers perspective Opportunities in listed infrastructure

ESG: opportunities and challenges within real estate

November 2022 | 6 mins

Environmental, social and governance issues present demonstrable risks and opportunities for real estate. Khalid Husain, Head of ESG, and Jan Willem van Kranenburg, Senior Analyst, discuss how our integrated ESG approach at Cohen & Steers assesses and values these topics as part of our investment approach among different real estate sectors and companies.

Closed-end fund commentary 3Q 2022

October 2022 | 3 mins

Closed-end funds finished the quarter down following persistent inflation and continued talk of monetary policy tightening.

Institutional Investor: The Best Real Estate Returns Come After Recessions

October 2022 | 1 min

Head of Private Real Estate James Corl spoke with Institutional Investor for a feature story on our recent whitepaper and why an optimized real estate portfolio may require access to both listed and private markets.

With Intelligence: Cohen & Steers’ new private RE group eyes discounted retail, office

October 2022 | 1 min

Head of Private Real Estate James Corl spoke to With Intelligence about the Private Real Estate Group’s current market outlook and the opportunities that the team is looking at, including retail, surban office and housing.

Recession and the roadmap for listed and private real estate

September 2022 | 17 mins

We see an economic backdrop that will create an opportunity for strong vintage returns for both listed and private real estate. Both cyclical and secular shifts are likely to create investment opportunities, and we think allocating across both private and listed real estate will be critical.

3 reasons to consider preferreds when rates are rising

September 2022 | 10 mins

Preferred securities have characteristics that can potentially help mitigate the effects of rising interest rates.

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