Browsing: Other Topics in A.I.

Other Topics in A.I.

Liquid Alternatives: A Look Back at Mercer’s Look Around

Feb 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

The market for liquid alternatives continues to grow and adapt. On St. Valentine’s Day of this year, ABR Dynamic Funds announced that it was launching its first Irish-domiciled UCITS V fund. Maybe it should have waited until St. Patrick’s Day? At any rate, the fund “seeks U.S. participation in aRead More


CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR FUND MANAGERS

Feb 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison Looking to the past as a way to gauge the likely direction of the future is a popular exercise in the first quarter of every year. It’s a natural desire for people to want to improve on their personal and professional lives; taking stock of where theyRead More


A Vision of 2020 and 6 Imperatives

Jan 24th, 2017 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., SRI and Clean Energy, The A.I. Industry

PwC, the global network of business and tax consultancies, has put out a white paper on the near future of the alternative asset management industry, to and through the year 2020. The paper begins with some numbers: by 2020, PwC expects the industry’s assets under management to grow to atRead More


On the Bitcoin Blockchain: Looking Under the Hood

Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

More than a year ago, the Capco Institute Journal of Financial Transformation (Journal) ran a “critical assessment,” by Robert Sams, of bitcoin blockchains as a means of distributed clearing. With both bitcoins and blockchains newly in the news, Sams’ informed assessment is worth another look. Two years ago, Nasdaq announcedRead More


Industry Headwinds: And How to Move Forward Regardless

Dec 29th, 2016 | Filed under: Asset Managers, Industry Size & Managers, Investor Relations, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, The A.I. Industry

In a new white paper, CaseyQuirk has identified four catalysts said to be driving secular change in the active asset management world: New buyer demands emphasizing different value propositions for asset managers. Related to this – institutions are losing relative importance to high-net-worth individuals, and these individuals “value different attributesRead More


Ammar on the Implied Volatility Smile

Dec 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

In a new working paper, a scholar at the School of Finance, at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland,   Semir Ben Ammar, has analyzed the relationship between catastrophe risk and the “implied volatility smile” in stock options.  Along the way, he has proposed what may be a novel type ofRead More


For The Netherlands: Sustainable Development Proposal

Dec 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Microfinance, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., SRI and Clean Energy

Eighteen major financial institutions, including ABN AMRO and ING Groenbank, have signed onto an ambitious program for sustainable development goals’ investment (SDGI). The institutions involved proclaim that they believe it is in their best interest, “as well as that of our clients and investees, to consider the largest societal challengesRead More


Shedding Light on the ESG/SRI Scene      

Dec 6th, 2016 | Filed under: Climate change, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., SRI and Clean Energy

The US SIF Foundation has published its latest Trends Report on sustainable, responsible, and impact investing. On the one hand, this is a statistical snapshot of US-domiciled assets in the ESG/SRI field at years’ end 2015. On the other hand, it offers fascinating historical material making it clear how weRead More


Aftermath of 2008: Reactions to Decreased Liquidity

Nov 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Finance & Economics, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Macroeconomics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory Environment, The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies

A new report from State Street Corporation and the Alternative Investment Management Association says that nearly half of the market participants surveyed believe that decreased market liquidity is a secular change, not a cyclical one: that is, that it is a climate that is here to stay, not a rainRead More


Impact Investing: The Impacts, Measurement and Profit

Oct 30th, 2016 | Filed under: Alpha-centric Companies, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Social investing, Socially responsible investing

One candidate for the title “next new thing” is “impact investing.” As the term suggests, this refers to investing with an eye to the ways in which the investor’s decisions make an impact upon society beyond his own portfolio. This sounds a lot like socially responsible investing, or like itsRead More


Academics:  No, Navinder Sarao Did Not Cause the Flash Crash 

Oct 25th, 2016 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, Finance & Economics, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Newly Added, Operations, Personalities in AI, Risk management, Risk Management & Operations, Technology

Mid-October news reports tell us that Navinder Sarao has lost his effort to avoid extradition from Britain to the United States. So he will face charges in the U.S. in connection with the “flash crash” of May 2010, the incident in which the DJIA fell 998.5 points in less thanRead More


BLEAK HOUSE–OR THE OUTLOOK ON HEDGE FUNDS NOW

Oct 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Endowments & Foundations, Family Offices, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison Charles Dickens’ Bleak House spins a tale of mystery, intrigue, family dynamics, and irony in the Victorian age that had readers gripped by its indictment of the English court system. While the novel is packed with intricate plot twists and turns, the main story line centers onRead More


Harvard gives Narv the nod

Oct 17th, 2016 | Filed under: Academic Foundations, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, Who's Who

By Charles Skorina As all the world now knows, Harvard has selected Columbia’s Nirmal P. “Narv” Narvekar as the new head of Harvard Management Company. His name had been bandied about as a prime candidate for weeks.  We discussed it ourselves in our Aug. 29 newsletter. Reportedly, a few big-endowment CIOsRead More


Kyle Bass, IPR and Shorting Big Pharma

Sep 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: Intellectual Property, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I., Personalities in AI, Real Assets

Kyle Bass, the investor who shorted the market in residential mortgage-based securities a decade ago, with speculator success, is interested now in shorting the major pharmaceutical companies. He is certainly entitled to try that play. But what is especially provocative and controversial is that he also seems willing to giveRead More


Research, Unbundling and MiFID II

Sep 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory Environment, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, The A.I. Industry

The “soft dollars” question, that is, the issue of the arrangements by which the managers of other peoples’ and other institutions’ money might most appropriately pay for investment-related research, remains unresolved. Traditionally, the managers of investment funds, alternatives among them, could collect rebates from the trading fees charged them byRead More


ATTACK MARKETING USING THE RULE OF 150

Sep 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison The Rule of 150, first posited in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, refers to the maximum number of people with whom any person can build meaningful relationships.  While there appears to be a spirited debate over the actual figure (100? 150? 250?), the general assumptionRead More


ESMA’s Greybeards Ponder Blockchains

Sep 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

There has been a flurry in recent days of activity about blockchains among the graybeards of the financial world, those who ponder the Really Big Picture and who have the ear of important regulators. Let us start from the beginning. What is a blockchain? It is a chronological, virtual, andRead More


Crunch Time for the Harvard Endowment

Aug 14th, 2016 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Personalities in AI

By Charles Skorina The hunt is underway for a new CEO at the Harvard Management Company.  And chairman Paul Finnegan and his board intend to get it right this time. Counting interims, they’ve now had six CEOs at their shop since Jack Meyer departed in 2005, and mostly mediocre returns to show for it. AfterRead More


5 Reasons Why Emerging Managers are Worth a Look

Aug 8th, 2016 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, Seeding/early-stage, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, The A.I. Industry

By Diane Harrison Beware the industry naysayers who proclaim hedge funds aren’t worth their salt–fees/risk/terms/etc. Sweeping generalizations may make good headlines, but they are invariably proven false by the minority that refutes them through action/statements/results/etc. Investors who take the time and effort to look under the ‘hedge fund hood’ canRead More


Taking the Alcohol Out of the Wine:  A Decarbonized Index

Jul 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Climate change, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

A recent publication in the Financial Analysts Journal presents a model by virtue of which long-term passive investors may hedge the risks associated with climate change and/or with climate change related public policies. One incidental feature of the article is the sense it provides of the difference between carbon-free indexesRead More


Private Capital Fundraising Slows: Green and Brown Valleys

Jul 14th, 2016 | Filed under: Farmland, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Land, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I., Real Assets, Real Estate, Real Estate Equity Investments

Preqin, the multinational data and consulting firm, has looked at the second quarter and found it was, for private capital fundraising  … slow. So was the quarter before it. Together they made up the first half of 2016, in which the funds closed in the world of private capital globallyRead More


ESG Issues: The Material and the Immaterial

Jul 12th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alternative energy, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

Activists pressing for corporate change on environmental, social, and governance issues often focus on issues that are, from the point of view of firm valuation, immaterial. Three scholars associated with the Harvard Business School recently quantified the materiality versus immateriality of shareholder proposals on ESG topics and discussed some ofRead More


Managing Expectations: The Rise of the Separately Managed Account

Jul 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Family Offices, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, High-net-worth investors, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Diane Harrison The line between wealth management and fund management continues to blur for the alternative asset managers who serve the high-net-worth investor community. Driven by a growing desire on the part of these investors to maximize control over their investment portfolio, managers who are emerging or who operateRead More


New AIMA Guide: 7 Themes for Investor Relations Professionals

Jun 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Alternative Investments in Context, Industry Size & Managers, Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, The A.I. Industry

In October 2015, a scholar at the University of Toronto wrote a paper on what he called the “paranoid style of investment lawyers and arbitrators,” bemoaning an increasingly shrill and belligerent tone in the investment world of late. If there is such paranoia, one probable contributor, and one possible consequenceRead More


Factor-Based Asset Allocation

Jun 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

A paper by Xiaowei Kang and Daniel Ung, published in June 2014, remains timely because risk parity and related approaches remain the center of controversy and some confusion. The Kang & Ung paper looked at three approaches to risk factor based portfolio construction, studying specifically the practical aspects of theRead More


Foresight is Better than Hindsight

Jun 15th, 2016 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison The Lake Wobegon Effect—where, according to its creator, Garrison Keillor, ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average’—relates to the tendency to overestimate one’s achievements and capabilities in relation to others. Lake Wobegon seems to be aliveRead More


Centripetal versus Centrifugal Force: Fund Marketing in Europe

Jun 14th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, The A.I. Industry, UCITs

On June 2, 2016 the EC issued a consultation document of interest to the many alpha seekers who would like to market their funds in one or more of the countries of the Eurozone. In a sense, its interest is much broader than that, because it fits into a veryRead More


Long/Short Equity: NB Makes the Case

Jun 9th, 2016 | Filed under: Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Fund Strategies, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper from Neuberger Berman, an employee owned private investment firm that’s been part of the New York scene since 1939, makes the case that long/short equity strategies are “worth consideration as part of an investor’s equity allocation and the overall investment mix.” The paper is written by JulianaRead More


Investors ‘Misoverestimate’ ETFs and a Push Towards ESG

May 26th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., ETFs, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, The A.I. Industry

In a newly released report, Natixis Global Asset Management speaks to the quite positive views of passive investment vehicles and exchange traded funds that it finds in today’s marketplace.  Their report inspires the neologism “misoverestimate,” as a logical analog of a former U.S. president’s term, “misunder ….” A Natixis surveyRead More


10 Phrases To Jettison From Every Marketing Pitch

May 17th, 2016 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison Spring is typically filled with tailored events for investors and managers to engage, learn about industry happenings and market views, and find investment opportunities with each other. One of the newer trends at such events includes the speed-date, in which pre-arranged, one-on-one sit down meetings allow investorsRead More


Escape to the Internet? Or Build Better Communities?

May 8th, 2016 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Newly Added, Operations, Other Topics in A.I., Risk Management & Operations, Technology, The Global Economy & Currencies

Dissatisfaction with the fiat money issued by or on signals from central bankers will not go away. Talk of “printing press” money seems quaint, as when people of my generation still refer to a keyboard as a “typewriter.” Central banks and their servants (and their servers) around the world engage,Read More


The SEC: Still Fiddling with a 1940 Era Carburetor 

May 3rd, 2016 | Filed under: Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, The A.I. Industry

Steven A. Keen of Perkins Coie has posted an insightful discussion of section 18 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, and of the pending proposed regulation under that mandate, Rule 18f-4, on one of that firm’s blogs, the Derivatives & Repo Report. Both that proposal and Keen’s observations areRead More


The Skorina Report: Russell Read and the Alaska Permanent Fund

Apr 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Personalities in AI

By Charles Skorina Russell Read has just been appointed chief investment officer of the $52 billion Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), and he’s headed for a state in crisis. The collapse of global oil prices has put a big squeeze on all of the world’s oil producers; and in Alaska, where oilRead More


Active vs. Passive Money Management

Apr 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Retail Investing

By Baird’s Asset Manager Research Exploring the costs and benefits of two alternative investment approaches Synopsis Proponents of active and passive investment management styles have made exhaustive and valid arguments for and against both approaches. Each has its merits and inherent drawbacks, and this paper will not endorse one styleRead More


Don’t Blame Bass for the Failure of Bear Stearns

Apr 3rd, 2016 | Filed under: Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Personalities in AI, The A.I. Industry, Who's Who

Prominent alpha seeker Kyle Bass is named in the March 29 Wall Street Journal with a headline and lead paragraph that suggest that he was the man who set in motion the avalanche that brought down Bear Stearns in the spring of 2008. The truth, as one discerns only fromRead More


Where We Stand With Blockchains: Bet on the Disruption

Mar 29th, 2016 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

Chris Skinner has a new book out, ValueWeb, which describes in the words of its lengthy subtitle “how FinTech Firms are Using Bitcoin Blockchain and Mobile Technologies to Create the Internet of Value.” It may appear to a cynic that Skinner is simply entering the already crowded sweepstakes for “whoRead More


Federal Judge: Gingrich-Era Bars Not Easily Circumvented

Mar 3rd, 2016 | Filed under: Legislation/Court rulings, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory Environment, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, The A.I. Industry

Lucy Koh, the US. District Court judge for the Northern District of California, has granted judgment for a defendant, Schwab Investments, in a much-watched case. Koh has short-circuited litigation in which plaintiffs sought recovery for the style drift that allegedly afflicted a number of Schwab entities as the globe headedRead More


Fiduciary Duty: Do Investors Know What It Means?

Feb 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Family Offices, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory Environment, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry

According to a new Spectrem Group whitepaper, most investors questioned believed (usually erroneously) that their advisors have a fiduciary responsibility in caring for their money.Read More


Alternative Multi-Manager Mutual Funds: What’s the Value Proposition, Again?

Jan 25th, 2016 | Filed under: Alternative Mutual Funds, Fees, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Retail Investing, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Andrew Beer New products are sold on a story.  For alternative multi-manager mutual funds – most of which have launched since 2012 – the pitch goes something like this:  we can find top tier hedge fund managers to run various alternative investment strategies – equity long/short, relative value, macro,Read More


More about Arch Coal and the Dusty Trail Ahead

Jan 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

I wrote here last week about the demise of Arch Coal.  I was reminded of the incompleteness of my treatment there by the commenters on that piece, and I’ve been reminded again by subsequent developments. More then: in December 2013 Arch made a tender offer for its $600 million ofRead More


Arch Coal: Another One Bites the Coal Dust.

Jan 13th, 2016 | Filed under: Alternative energy, Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., SRI and Clean Energy

Arch Coal, one of the biggest coal companies in The United States, entered Chapter 11 Monday morning, Jan 11. A prominent law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, will be taking it through the process, as will financial advisor PJT Partners. Arch (NYSE:ACI) hit its recent high stock price on AugustRead More


Jump Start Your Fund Marketing Tactics

Jan 12th, 2016 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison 2016 will not offer an easy path to follow on the way to asset gathering. Effective marketing can lead to new prospects, which in turn can lead to new assets, so it is vital to focus on the impact marketing can make. If you rely solely onRead More


Michigan State University Hires its First Chief Investment Officer

Jan 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Practitioners, Who's Who

By Charles Skorina   Michigan State University announced the appointment of Philip Zecher as Chief Investment Officer on Friday, December 18th, 2015. Philip Zecher has just been appointed MSU’s first-ever chief investment officer, reporting directly to Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU’s president. The trustees announced the appointment on Friday and PhilRead More


Smart Beta Strategy: Aces Australian Scrutiny

Jan 10th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

Paul Docherty, a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School. University of Newcastle, in Australia, has studied the performance of the factors that underlie smart beta portfolios within the equity markets of that country. On the basis of a long time-series of data, Docherty has concluded that four such factors “allRead More


After Seven Years: Philosophical Implications of the Madoff Fraud

Dec 30th, 2015 | Filed under: Derivatives, Due Diligence Process, Equity-linked Structured Products, Newly Added, Operations, Personalities in AI, Risk Management & Operations

It has been seven years and a few days more now since Bernard Madoff acknowledged to authorities that “there is no innocent explanation” for the story they had just heard from his sons. It has been 15 and a half years since Harry Markopoulos ran the numbers regarding Madoff’s performanceRead More


Denial: The Role of Naked Shorting in the Fall of Martin Shkreli

Dec 27th, 2015 | Filed under: Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Personalities in AI

The Shkreli case comes at a time when failures to deliver have begun to receive a new level of attention from regulators. Faille looks at the role of naked shorts in his troubles, including his recent indictment.Read More


AIMA: 44% of Hedge Fund Firms Planning New Launches in 2016

Dec 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Asset Managers, Industry Size & Managers, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry

A global survey by PwC and the Alternative Investment Management Association looks at the expansion of the hedge fund industry and the evolution of its distribution model. The most eye-catching statistic from the survey us that 44% of fund managers responding said that they will launch a new fund byRead More


Bitcoin’s Founder: Recent History and 2020 Vision

Dec 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Entrepreneurs, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, The Global Economy & Currencies

Two things happened almost at once recently: Wired told us who actually invented bitcoin, (well, it gave the world the latest hot theory), and officials in Australia raided that same fellow’s home in re a tax investigation. More specifically on the first of those points, Wired (and soon thereafter Gizmodo)Read More


Clash of the Hedge Funds: BioPharm Wars

Dec 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, Practitioners

CLVS fell nearly 70% on adverse news from the FDA. The tricky call for investors is whether the drop was (a) just enough, (b) not yet enough, or (c) perhaps too much to discount this blow. Two savvy analysts have recently expressed sharply opposed views on this.Read More


India: The Way Up and the Way Down Are Not the Same

Nov 26th, 2015 | Filed under: Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Risk Management & Operations, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, SRI and Clean Energy, The Global Economy & Currencies

Faille doesn't mean to argue theology, but he has to observe that a Shariah-based understanding of what constitutes “ethical investing” entails a lot of premises, and if those premises are to be inserted into reasoning about financial economics, they have to bear up to empirical, secular scrutiny. Read More