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American Beacon ACADIAN EMERGING MARKETS MANAGED VOLATILITY FUND

Portfolio information as of December 31, 2013
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Investment Objective

The Fund’s investment objective is long-term capital appreciation.

pioneers in managed volatility

Acadian Asset Management pioneered its global managed volatility strategy in 2006. Having previously introduced its first emerging markets portfolio in 1993, Acadian funded its first emerging markets managed volatility portfolio in March 2011. The firm now manages more than $16 billion in emerging markets and $6 billion in managed volatility strategies*. Acadian’s investment team of 60 professionals includes 17 Ph.D.s.

Firm inception: 1986

Portfolio Managers:

  • Brendan O. Bradley, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management
  • Ryan Taliaferro, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager

active selection
and emerging markets

Emerging markets have historically exhibited a higher level of volatility than developed markets. Acadian’s global expertise allows the team to build an active, lower volatility portfolio from the bottom up, where sector, country and market-cap allocations are largely by-products of stock selection. The investment strategy has three goals:

  • Benchmark-beating returns over a full market cycle → Fully invested active EM equity strategy.
  • Decreased volatility of returns and substantial downside protection → Risk-based portfolio construction.
  • Avoid overpriced low-risk stocks → Sophisticated return projections on 6,000 EM securities, exploiting broad-based mispricings across the capitalization spectrum.

*As of August 31, 2013

Sub-Advisor (%)

Acadian Asset Management, LLC 100%


The Fund may invest in futures contracts, which are a type of derivative investment. Investing in derivatives could result in losing more than the amount invested. Investing in foreign securities entails additional risk not associated with domestic securities, such as currency fluctuations, economic and political instability and differences in accounting standards. The risks of investing in foreign equities are heightened when investing in emerging markets. The Fund may produce more modest gains than other stock funds as a trade-off for the potentially lower downside risk from investments in lower volatility securities. Please see the prospectus for a complete discussion of the Fund's risk. There can be no assurances that the investment objectives of the Fund will be met.

American Beacon and American Beacon Acadian Emerging Markets Managed Volatility Fund are service marks of American Beacon Advisors, Inc.