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Alternative Allocation Fund

  • Vehicle Mutual Fund
  • Asset Class Alternatives


The GMO Alternative Allocation Fund seeks to generate positive total return, rather than "relative" return, by investing in a diversified portfolio of underlying alternative strategies, all run by GMO teams. The Fund seeks low beta and low correlation to traditional equities and other risk assets.

Underlying strategies will include but are not be limited to: merger arbitrage/event-driven, global macro, fixed income absolute return, asset allocation long/short, long/short and market neutral equities, high yield, and systematic put writing strategies. The Fund’s success will be linked to the following differentiated features:

  • Dynamic allocation on two levels:
    • Top-down. The GMO Asset Allocation team will calibrate the aggregate level of portfolio risk, especially at valuation extremes, when investors need risk management the most.
    • Bottom-up. The underlying investment strategies will dynamically alter exposures and risk levels in an alpha-proportional manner.
  • Diversity of risk and return. 
    • Portfolio construction and risk management will incorporate both low statistical and intrinsic correlations.
    • The team will diversify by return source, combining strategies that are more skill-based, i.e. true alpha strategies, with those that harvest alternative risk premia.
  • Efficient use of Capital. The team will employ overlays that enable exposures greater than 100%, when appropriate, but without borrowing or financing from a prime broker.
  • Transparency and Liquidity. All strategies are run in-house. The portfolio management team has transparency, not just of positions but of the rationale and conviction levels of the underlying teams. Investors have daily liquidity.
  • Experience. GMO has over 20 years of experience in managing individual alternative strategies and packaging them together into multi-strategy solutions.


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Fund Inception Date May 1, 2019

Share Class VI

Inception Date May 1, 2019
Ticker Symbol GAAVX
CUSIP 362014466
NAV as of 5/24/2019 19.82
Net Expense Ratio 1 0.83
Gross Expense Ratio 2 1.39
Minimum Investment Size $300mm in Fund / $750mm in GMO

1 Net Expense Ratio reflects the reduction of expenses from fee reimbursements. The fee reimbursements will continue until at least June 30, 2019. Elimination of this reimbursement will result in higher fees and lower performance.

2 Gross Expense Ratio is equal to the Funds Total Annual Operating Expenses set forth in the Funds most recent prospectus dated June 30, 2018.




Ben Inker

Head of Asset Allocation

Mr. Inker is head of GMO’s Asset Allocation team and a member of the GMO Board of Directors. He joined GMO in 1992 following the completion of his B.A. in Economics from Yale University.  In his years at GMO, Mr. Inker has served as an analyst for the Quantitative Equity and Asset Allocation teams, as a portfolio manager of several equity and asset allocation portfolios, as co-head of International Quantitative Equities, and as CIO of Quantitative Developed Equities.  He is a CFA charterholder.


B.J. Brannan

Mr. Brannan is a member of GMO’s Asset Allocation team. Previously, he was a member of GMO’s investments control group. Prior to joining GMO in 2006, Mr. Brannan worked at Investors Bank & Trust as an account manager for fund accounting. Mr. Brannan earned his BA in Business Management from University of Massachusetts Amherst and MBA from Boston University. He is a CFA charterholder.


Matt Kadnar

Mr. Kadnar is a member of GMO’s Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining GMO in 2004, he was an investment specialist and consultant relations manager at Putnam Investments. Previously, he served as in-house counsel for LPL Financial Services and as a senior associate at Melick & Porter, LLP. Mr. Kadnar has a B.S. from Boston College majoring in Finance and Philosophy and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. He is a CFA charterholder.



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Risks associated with investing in the Fund may include those as follows. (1) Management and Operational Risk: The risk that GMOs investment techniques will fail to produce desired results. (2) Leveraging Risk: The use derivatives and securities lending creates leverage. Leverage increases the Funds losses when the value of its investments (including derivatives) declines. (3) Derivatives and Short Sales Risk: The use of derivatives involves the risk that their value may not change as expected relative to changes in the value of the underlying assets, pools of assets, rates, currencies or indices. Derivatives also present other risks, including market risk, illiquidity risk, currency risk, credit risk, and counterparty risk. For a more complete discussion of these risks and others, please consult the Funds prospectus.


An investor should consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. This and other important information can be found in the fund’s prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. Please see prospectus above.

The GMO Trust funds are distributed in the United States by Funds Distributor LLC. GMO and Funds Distributor LLC are not affiliated.