Threadneedle Global Extended Alpha Fund

Delivering alpha from winners and losers in global equities

The Threadneedle Global Extended Alpha Fund adopts a strong, bottom up stock picking approach to identify companies with superior earnings growth. Through that same process, we discover companies that may be structurally challenged in the long term, or face short term price dislocations – allowing us to short these underperforming stocks. The short positions are used to further fund the stocks which we have the strongest convictions. This process allow us to enlarge the alpha engine, but introduce minimal tracking error to the fund.


Simple approach, powerful structure

Invests in businesses with high or rising returns, above average growth and competitive advantages; and the opposite in the short book.

Three ways to tackle disruptive innovation

We primarily seek businesses that are difficult to disrupt and disruptors that fit our criteria, whilst shorting businesses that are being disrupted.

Strong return profile

A long track record of outperformance in rising and falling markets, delivered with high levels of consistency.

Trusted investment team

Managed by two managers with significant expertise in long/short investing, supported by our well-resourced global equity team and our extensive global research network.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Key facts

  1. Launch date:
    9 July 2008
  2. Index:
    MSCI AC World
  3. Typical portfolio characteristics:
    Number of long positions: 60-100
    Number of short positions: 0-40
    Gross exposure: 120-160%
    Net exposure (long – short): 90-105%


Investment process

The extended alpha concept - how it works

Greater opportunity to generate alpha

  • Extended alpha funds combine a traditional long-only portfolio with a short portfolio
  • In this example, the resulting portfolio is 130% long in favoured stocks and 30% short in stocks that are expected to underperform
  • Short sales enable manager to increase long positions whilst maintaining a net exposure of 100% like traditional long only funds
Fund exposure


22 September 2023

Market Monitor – 22 September 2023

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15 September 2023

Market Monitor – 15 September 2023

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8 September 2023

Market Monitor – 8 September 2023

After a positive start to the month, global stock markets lost ground this week on fears that rising oil prices could increase inflationary pressures and lead to further hikes in interest rates.
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Fund factsheet

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How we invest - key trends and themes

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Inside the threadneedle global extended alpha fund

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Fund Managers

Neil Robson
Head of Global Equities
Ashish Kochar
Portfolio Manager

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Millions of people around the world rely on Columbia Threadneedle Investments to manage their money. We look after investments for individual investors, financial advisers and wealth managers, as well as insurance firms, pension funds and other institutions.

Our funds

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Investment approach

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