Absa Alternative Asset Management is one of the largest non-traditional asset managers in South Africa. We design and manage bespoke solutions, using a range of investment instruments. 

These include listed and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, listed and unlisted credit investments as well as other traditional assets. Clients include Asset Consultants, Employee Benefit Consultants, Multi-managers and Retirement Funds.

Reasons to believe in Alternative Asset Management

Our Alternative Asset Management team's 18-year track record of providing consistent, inflation-beating returns and optimal client solutions includes alpha transport, protection overlay, specialist credit, absolute return, hedge fund, index tracking and alpha generating strategies.

Specialised capabilities

Includes absolute return, overlay protection and alpha transport.

Uniquely crafted

Our strategies combine traditional and non-traditional building blocks.


Deeply experienced

Our team has more than 100 years of combined investment experience.

Proven process

Our process combines qualitative and quantitative (mathematical) techniques.

Socially responsible

Signatory of the United Nations-backed principals for responsible investment.


Proud record

An 18-year track record, providing consistent, inflation-beating returns.


Over the last few years assets under management have grown steadily to an excess of R75 billion making Absa Alternative Asset Management one of the largest non-traditional investment solution providers. 

“Innovation is change that unlocks new value”. That is what we strive to accomplish in the Alternative Asset Management team.

We base our strategies on a deep understanding of the investment industry and our clients’ unique objectives, focusing on finding and defining the most appropriate investment strategy for them.

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“Absa Alternative Asset management is a holistic, fully integrated alternative asset manager with expertise in managing derivative strategies, hedge funds, passive products and both listed and self-originated credit portfolios.  AAM believes in strong client experience and bringing innovative solutions to the market.”

— St John Bunkell | MD: Absa Alternative Asset Management





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Absa Alternative Asset Management recognises the importance of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues when it comes to investment strategies and long-term performance. As a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited, we are a Level 2 BBBEE contributor.

Our Approach

Our goal is to meet your investment objectives with a high degree of certainty, in a cost-effective way, using a range of building blocks.


We understand that risk tolerance is an important consideration for you. Our products reflect this philosophy.