Standard Life Investments' Global Absolute Return Strategies Now Offered to Accredited Investors in Canada

Standard Life Investments' Global Absolute Return Strategies Now Offered to 
Accredited Investors in Canada 
A track record for delivering long-term positive absolute returns with lower 
volatility than a traditional long-term global equity portfolio. 
MONTREAL, March 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Global asset manager Standard Life 
Investments and Standard Life Mutual Funds announced today that they will 
offer the award-winning Standard Life Investments Global Absolute Returns 
Strategies (GARS) Private Pooled Fund to Canadian investors who qualify as 
accredited investors. These investors may be able to benefit from the global 
expertise of the Standard Life Investments multi-asset investing team in this 
area and have the opportunity to achieve long-term positive absolute returns 
with lower volatility than a traditional long-term global equity portfolio. 
Roger Renaud, President of Standard Life Investments Inc. in Montreal said: 
"The absolute return strategy aims to produce consistent, positive investment 
returns in all market conditions while managing risk levels. What makes GARS 
truly unique is that it is global and has access to a wide variety of asset 
classes in a wide array of markets. GARS has been highly successful and has 
provided investors in the U.K. and worldwide with competitive returns and 
managed risk. That same opportunity is now available to Canadian investors who 
qualify as accredited investors." 
Standard Life Investments originally launched GARS in the U.K. in 2006 as an 
innovative solution for Standard Life Group's own staff pension plan. The 
success was compelling enough to capture the attention of institutional 
investors in Europe, Asia, Australia, the U.S., and Canada. GARS is now one of 
the world's largest absolute return funds, with more than $30 billion under 
During the financial crisis of 2008, while global equity markets fell over 
17.4%, the GARS fund in the U.K. fell by only 3.7%. Since the inception of the 
fund, it has produced a gross annualized return of 8.6% with a volatility of 
only 5.9%. Over the same period global equities, denoted by the MSCI World 
Index, returned 5.3% per year with a volatility of 15.4%(1). 
GARS seeks to deliver consistent, positive returns for investors in all market 
conditions. To do so, the 27-strong GARS multi-asset team invests in a wide 
variety of assets such as bonds, real estate and currencies(2). They can 
also use advanced investment strategies that are not always available to 
traditional funds, including the use of derivatives to manage risk. 
Euan Munro, Global Head of Multi-Asset Investing and Fixed Income at Standard 
Life Investments said: "The volatility of global equity markets in recent 
years creates uncertainty among investors about their ability to maintain the 
long-term value of their portfolios. GARS offers accredited investors the 
opportunity to reduce the volatility of their portfolios and give the 
potential of consistent, positive returns. The Standard Life Investments GARS 
Private Pooled Fund will benefit from the knowledge and experience of our 
multi-asset investment team, world leaders in absolute return strategies." 
Since it was launched in 2006, GARS has won wide recognition in the U.K. asset 
management industry, including most recently: the Platinum award at the U.K. 
Portfolio Advisor Fund Awards in 2013; the Absolute Return category at the 
Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards in 2012; and the Alternative 
Investment Category at the 100 Club Awards from Investment Advisor in the U.K, 
also in 2012. 
About Standard Life
Standard Life Investments and Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. (SLMF) are part 
of Standard Life plc, a leading long-term savings and investment company 
headquartered in Scotland and operating internationally. 
Standard Life Investments Inc. has been providing investment management 
services in Canada since 1973 and manages approximately CDN$33.4(3) billion of 
assets. Standard Life Investments Inc. is a subsidiary of Edinburgh-based 
Standard Life Investments Limited, a leading asset manager and part of the 
Standard Life Group. Standard Life Investments manages CDN$271.5(3) billion on 
behalf of clients worldwide. 
SLMF was established in 2000 and offers 51 mutual funds and fund-of-funds to 
some 64,000 individual investors in Canada. As at December 31, 2012, it had 
$4.6 billion of assets under management. 
(1 )As at December 31, 2012,
Source: Standard Life Investments, net performance from 12/06/2006 to 
Portfolio performance is based on the £, institutional pooled pension 
(2 )The Canadian-based fund targets the 6-month Canadian Dealer Offered Rate 
(CDOR) as its proxy for cash returns.
* Source: Thomson Datastream, MSCI World (£)
** Source: Standard Life Investments, performance from 01/07/2006 to 31/12/2012
(3 )As at December 31, 2012. 
Céline Hébert Standard Life Investments Inc. 514-841-6962  
Geoffrey King Standard Life Mutual Funds 514-499-7999, ext. 8150 
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