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Risks faced by investors


Risks faced by investors



  • An increasingly complex and uncertain market with lower returns
  • Operational inefficiencies and liquidity challenges
  • High transaction fees and other costs
  • Incorporating ESG considerations

Risk is an inherent part of any investment strategy – and for those with investment goals, it needs to be managed carefully. But along with investment risk, institutional investors need to be alert to market volatility, low interest rates, shifting liabilities and regulatory change. The key to managing these risks is to adopt an agile strategy and process, providing the potential to swiftly react to market conditions and seize investment opportunities that are in line with your overall strategy, while managing your exposures and costs.

How to stay on top and in control of your risks

Do your research

Do your research


It’s important to have access to the latest insights, trends, analytics and manager research to help you manage risks and make informed decision. We provide the latest updates at your fingertips through our global investment research and our forward looking manager research platform MercerInsight®

Get some advice

Get some advice


Speaking to an expert can help you decide the best way to convert insights into achievable, desired outcomes. We can advise you on your investment strategy, manager selection and oversight, asset allocation, portfolio construction, sustainable investing and risk management.

explore solutions

Explore solutions


Implementing an investment solution such as delegating or outsourcing your investments can help you cut costs, reduce risk, use fewer resources while building resilient portfolios. We partner with clients to design a complete risk and governance solution with embedded expert advice and access to highly rated managers and low costs.

How we’re helping clients manage their risks

DB pension de-risking

We work with institutional investors like pensions, insurers, wealth managers and endowments and foundations on their risk strategy. For example, we work with DB pension plans to de-risk for portfolios through a four stage process that involves designing and implementing what we believe to be the optimal investment strategy.


If a client has a low funding issue, we would work with them to build a strategy that allows for greater diversification and increased hedging. We also continuously look-out for and capture opportunities to de-risk. We are there for the client throughout the whole journey as they work toward their desired outcome.

Design the right journey

Design the right journey 

Featured solutions for risk management


Mercer provides tools, advice and solutions to help you understand and manage your plan’s risks, so that you can spend less time worrying about that, and more of your time focusing on, and delivering your core business.

Meet some of our experts 

Jimmy Furlong

Jimmy Furlong

Head of Solutions Management & Portfolio Analytics


Jimmy’s Portfolio Analytics role involves providing a wide range of portfolio intelligence services and performance analytics to Mercer’s largest and most sophisticated delegated clients, while also being responsible for the investment risk management of all funds and discretionary client portfolios. Additionally his Solution Management responsibility involves designing compelling solutions for clients by combining Mercer’s investment decision making, implementation and analytics capabilities, and in addition determining how best to expand those capabilities in a scalable and efficient manner.


Jeffrey Dissmann

Jeffrey Dissmann

Head of Investment Consulting Germany


Jeffrey’s main focus is on working with multinationals on strategic projects related to asset-liability management, strategic pension balance sheet, and risk management. His expertise includes the development of the strategy and the implementation of innovative risk management concepts in both German and international contexts.


Stan Mavromates

Stan Mavromates

Americas CIO


Stan’s team is responsible for over $130 billion in Investment Solutions assets for clients in Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and Not-for-Profit assets. His team focuses on providing Mercer’s best investment solutions to clients and implementing and monitoring those solutions. He sits on Mercer’s Global Investment Committee, the Chair of Mercer’s Discretionary Governance Manager Selection Committee, and a member of Mercer’s Not-for-Profit Investment Committee.


Fiona Dunsire

Fiona Dunsire

Wealth Leader, Growth Markets


Fiona is the Wealth Leader for Mercer’s growth markets. She is a member of the Mercer leadership teams for Mercer's International region and the Wealth business globally. Fiona has over 30 years' consulting experience across pensions, investments and business leadership.


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This information is for sophisticated investors only who are accredited investors or qualified  purchasers.  Funds of private capital funds are speculative and involve a high degree of risk. Private capital fund managers have total authority over the private capital funds. The use of a single advisor applying similar strategies could mean lack of diversification and, consequentially, higher risk. Funds of private capital funds are not liquid and require investors to commit to funding capital calls over a period of several years; any default on a capital call may result in substantial penalties and/or legal action. An investor could lose all or a substantial amount of his or her investment.  There are restrictions on transferring interests in private capital funds.  Funds of private capital funds’ fees and expenses may offset private capital funds’ profits. Funds of private capital funds are not required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information to investors.  Funds of private capital funds may involve complex tax structures and delays in distributing important tax information. Funds of private capital funds are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Fund offering may only be made through a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM).


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