QS Investors

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QS Investors, founded in 1999, predominantly utilises a top-down macro focused and systematic, rules-based approach to managing portfolios for institutional and retail investors. Behavioural insights drive dynamic weighting techniques. In select strategies, the firm combines bottom-up fundamental analysis with insights from behavioural finance. QS’s main business areas comprise active equity, smart beta, liquid alternatives and customised solutions across global markets.



In most strategies, QS utilizes an approach that aims to take advantage of macro and behavioural inefficiencies across global markets, with a philosophy that geography and sector drive risk and return. Certain strategies that QS Investors manage take a more bottom-up perspective. Key features of the firm’s approach are:

  • Seeks to add excess returns through top down asset allocation rather than stock selection
  • Predominantly Long only, top down, macro driven strategy across countries, sectors and currencies
  • Selected lower volatility strategies focus on bottom-up driven selection
  • Utilises a diversified based approach in an attempt to avoid concentration risk and lessen downside risk
  • Uses analysis of country and sector correlations in an effort to create a highly diversified portfolio
  • Risk management is integrated into the portfolio construction process


QS Investors, LLC (QS Investors) is affiliated with Legg Mason Global Distribution through common control and ownership by Legg Mason, Inc. Legg Mason Global Distribution provides its clients with access to QS Investors primarily through its UK, Dublin and Luxembourg domiciled funds, in which QS Investors serves as investment manager.