ECU’s success has been built around a global macro-economic strategy, developed by the Company in consultation with our prestigious Global Macro Team, members of which advise central banks, governments and major institutions on key worldwide economic and market indicators including monetary policy, capital flows, market intelligence and political trends.
Providing institutional clients with strategic global investment insight through privileged access to ECU's respected Global Macro Team
ECU offers exclusive access to its Global Macro Team as a group to a small number of institutional/family office clients who appreciate the value of receiving unbiased, unscripted advice at the highest possible level, in a format that can be customised to address the specific needs and concerns of each. The intent is to provide true insight and advice on major turning points in world politics, economics and markets that could materially affect asset performance.
Seeking to preserve the international value of money and optimising total returns on globally diversified investment portfolios
ECU offers currency risk management and FX overlay ("hedging") solutions to asset managers, fund of funds, local authorities, institutions and corporates. "Passive" overlay strategies seek to reduce or eliminate risk from an internationally invested portfolio. "Active" overlay strategies manage currency risk selectively in order to add value to the overall portfolio. In general, overlay strategies aim to reduce risk and volatility while maintaining and potentially enhancing returns measured in an investor’s home currency.
Seeking alpha out of major global currency trends
In an environment of little to no economic growth, there is an increasing role for coherent strategies that seek to exploit trends in currencies, viewing these as a truly diversified asset class in their own right. In an industry that is characterised by extensive liquidity and global transparency, currency investment portfolios typically only require a modest margin or deposit to trade, thereby offering a more effective use of capital. ECU’s FX Alpha managed currency account programme is our lead product offering in this area.
Seeking to dissolve debt and save interest on long-term borrowings
Given the extensive movements in currency values we have witnessed over the years, investors and borrowers alike now recognise the potential for profit by incorporating quality currency management strategies and utilising the world’s largest and most liquid market to optimise investment returns and help dissolve debt. ECU is a pioneer in this area since 1988.