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MIO Partners, Inc. (MIO) provides investment options and advice to McKinsey & Company's (McKinsey) pension plans, and to current and former McKinsey partners. We hire third-party managers to invest the majority of our assets under management. We also invest directly in macro asset classes, and provide the retirement plan with access to passively managed assets. Additionally, we provide wealth management advice to current and former McKinsey partners.
MIO is a subsidiary of McKinsey, and a registered investment adviser regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US. MIO has affiliated entities (MIO Partners (UK) Limited and MIO-Partners (EU) GmbH) that are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and BaFin in Germany, respectively. MIO is also registered as a commodity pool operator with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the US National Futures Association.
MIO's investment operations are separate from McKinsey’s consulting operations. We do not trade in individual stocks or bonds of any public or private company anywhere in the world, except in the specific case of credit-default swaps for counterparty hedging. Our macro trading strategies involve trading in major asset classes such as sovereign debt, commodities, foreign exchange, equity indices, and credit indices.
MIO was formed in the early 1980s to provide asset management services for McKinsey’s retirement plan. Over time, we have expanded to support after-tax investments by McKinsey’s current and former partners, primarily by making available funds already offered in the retirement plan. Our aim was to provide partners with convenient, time-saving investment options, including access to alternative investments.
Today, we are a company of approximately 200 people managing retirement and after-tax investments for roughly 30,000 current and former McKinsey employees. A key element of our operating model is that we operate at-cost, generating no profit for either MIO or McKinsey. Our incentives are aligned with those of our investors due to significant management participation in the funds.