Every market movement represents an opportunity.

Gathering our alternative strategies into a common platform is a testimony of Candriam’s commitment to the asset class and a recognition of its potential benefits. We do believe liquid alternative segments have a key role to play in investors’ portfolios, in combination with more traditional assets, to provide robustness and risk mitigation.

We combine the rigor of a quantitative vision with the thoroughness of a conviction-based approach. This dual approach allows us to understand that an opportunity in a given context can be perceived very differently when circumstances change.

Our know-how is the result of our experience and track record. Knowing perfectly how our strategies behave, we are well placed to identify the best opportunities at all times. We have a long-term view and aim for consistent performance over time, within a framework of robust risk management.



Steeve Brument
Global Head of Alternative Investments
We are both quantitative and fundamental, looking at each position in detail to detect opportunity and reduce risk.



Seeking to take advantage of market inefficiencies  

Our approaches mainly involve building long and short positions on markets where we detect inefficiencies. We consider that all market phases – even the most difficult – present opportunities that can generate value.


Aiming to multiply sources of performance 

Our strategies seek to exploit various performance drivers to obtain optimal portfolio stability: index, stock or credit arbitrage, trend following, counter-trend management, pattern recognition… We favor portfolio diversification at asset class, geographical, sector, issuer, stock level, also combining long-term positions with tactical moves.


Deploying a universe of possibilities 

We have been managing absolute return strategies for more than 20 years. We are continuously fine-tuning our approaches and developing our risk monitoring tools, with the aim to propose innovative solutions that add value to our clients’ allocations and are adapted to their risk appetite and investment constraints.

Figures are worth a thousand words. 


year track record


selection criteria: Competitive advantage, firm culture, factor exposures, cost & structures


strategies in investment universe

Equity Long-Short 

Stock markets are characterised by often-unpredictable movements. Generating a steady rate of return can be uncertain and complex. In the face of uncertain equity markets, an approach with an Absolute Return objective can be an attractive alternative for the investor looking for a regular performance with limited volatility.

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Thematic Long-Short

At Candriam, we have led the way in sustainable investing for over twenty-five years. We also have solid experience in thematic investing and strong quantitative and fundamental capacities. These solid pillars are the foundations of our innovative perspective on ESG absolute return solutions.  

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Quant & Multi-Strategy

As part of our Multi-Asset toolkit, we seek to offer diversified approaches with an absolute return focus. These approaches aim to deliver consistent returns independently of market environments.

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External multi-management 

Our mission is to build all-weather portfolios aiming to deliver returns in up and down markets. We have access to a broad universe of managers across geographies, asset classes and strategies. When we engage with a manager, we aim for a long-term partnership grounded in mutual trust and transparency. Understanding the performance drivers of each manager is key, not only for manager selection but also to better assemble funds in an uncorrelated manner. If volatility is not an issue, hidden correlation may be.

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Latest analyses

  • Alternative Investments, Monthly Coffee Break

    The wood for the trees

    The month of June was relatively noisy for markets, especially in Europe where geopolitical risk remains one of investors’ primary areas for concern. In the US, the latest macroeconomic data continues to indicate that the Fed might succeed in piloting the economy to a soft landing.
  • Alternative Investments

    Increasing market dispersion is a tailwind for alternatives

    Risk appetite returned to markets after a cooling period during April. Economic indicators in western economies continue to point to a phase of deceleration across most economic powerhouses, but there is no evidence of severe recession looming. However, there is proof of increasing dispersion across financial assets returns and risk premia.
  • Alternative Investments

    Shift to risk-off

    After five months of gains, equities finished down in April in a relatively volatile market. Although the EPS beat/raise has been high, markets focused more on top-down factors than micro news-flow.
  • Alternative Investments

    “Should I stay or should I go”

    Since the market has incorporated the fact that there would be fewer rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and they would probably come later than expected at the end of 2023, core equity indices have continued to perform well in Northern America and Western Europe.
  • Fabrice Sauzeau, Alternative Investments, Fixed Income, Private Debt, Research Paper, Real Estate

    Real Estate Private Debt: Time to Act?

    Has commercial real estate reached its inflection point? With little transaction activity, price and index data are generated with a lag. Market prices can change much more rapidly than they can be aggregated and reported. Investors must rely on fundamental analysis and experience more than data to time the recovery.
  • Alternative Investments

    All the yield in the world

    Although the Federal Reserve slightly opened the door to rate cuts during the last quarter of 2023, the latest economic data points were solid, leading the Fed to indicate that rate cuts may come later rather than sooner.

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