Active Investments

A large part of the assets entrusted to us is managed actively with the clear objective of creating added value.

More than 60 years

Investment heritage.

More than 450

Investment professionals

More than EUR 515bn

Actively managed assets. [1]

" We have helped investors address their equity, fixed-income and liquidity needs for decades, through multiple market and economic cycles.

Stefan Kreuzkamp Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Co-Head, Investment Group

At a glance

DWS believes in the inherent value of active investment management. Our ~450 investment professionals apply deep market expertise and global intelligence to create both core and custom solutions. Precise product design and exacting standards of execution have long been a hallmark of all our active investment strategies.

Within DWS we manage multiple strategies for our clients to meet their varied investment objectives. We constantly strive to develop innovative solutions while our truly global team of research and investment professionals is aiming to deliver superior risk-adjusted performance to our clients.

We want to be a leading active investor, who delivers alpha to our clients by leveraging our investment talent using our quantitative and fundamental approach, to capitalize on market inefficiencies in a responsible manner.

As a global asset manager, we maintain offices throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Main hubs are Frankfurt, New York and Singapore. We bring together a breadth of talent and resources in a structured global framework, capturing the best investment thinking, local research and investment insights from around the world.

EUR 515bn actively managed assets

DWS manages 515bn € in active investments (as of September 30, 2019), where the main part is managed in fixed income investments followed by equity investments.

Investment process

Our investment process seeks to deliver consistently superior return. It is a disciplined three stage approach, underpinned by ongoing quality management. We pursue a bottom-up approach to generate profitable investment strategies. Our consistent, systematic and transparent investment process allows us to identify those sectors, regions, themes, currencies and single stocks having the most favorable prospects.

Our economists provide a thorough analysis of the world economy and the main economic regions. Within the macroeconomic research, the major trends are identified and their impact on various components such as GDP growth, inflation, trade flows is analysed. Our research analysts focus on key market segments, issuers and securities. They provide views on the fundamental situation and offer a short- and long-term oriented assessment of the underlying market price and especially ESG factors in order to enhance risk adjusted investment performance and reputation.

Both components, macroeconomics and fundamental analysis & value assessment, are the main inputs for the CIO view (strategic and tactical view). CIO view depicts a directional world view which enables investment orientation and mind setting internally and externally. The CIO View has 2 components as well. The strategic CIO view provides long-term outlook and orientation. The tactical CIO View is a short-term assessment of key global fixed income markets. It serves as a major input factor for portfolio construction and portfolios are expected to be invested in alignment with these global CIO recommendations. In addition, the tactical CIO view puts the global CIO recommendations into a generic portfolio context and provides a relative-value asset allocation, based on a global aggregate benchmark concept.

Quality management works along the entire process and ensures outcomes get analysed and challenged by independent teams as an integral part of practice refinement and delivers transparency in analyzing the three main components: performance, risk and process – in a holistic, commingled way

Investing in Equities

DWS is one of the leading asset manager globally with a broad range of actively managed equity funds.

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Fixed Income

Investments in actively managed Fixed Income portfolios is one of our key businesses. Every customer group will find a variety of possibilities.

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Investing in Multi Asset

With Multi Asset we are leveraging capabilities across our global investment platform – for the benefit of our customers.

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Systematic & Quantitative Investments

We believe the foundation of long-term investment success is a systematic and disciplined investment process combined with strong risk management capabilities.

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1. as of September 30, 2019

CIO View

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