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Liquid Alternative Investiments

Can We All Participate in The Next Unicorn?

Aug 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry

Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 6, Issue 1 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Access to the most current issue is an exclusive benefit of CAIA Membership while archived issues are available to the public in the Perspectives section atRead More


KPMG: Alternative Investment Industry Deal Momentum Continues

Aug 1st, 2017 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory Environment, The A.I. Industry

The auditing giant KPMG says in a recent report on merger and acquisition activity in the alternative asset management world that there was a dip in activity in this space in 2015, that there was a rebound “to more normalized levels” in 2016, and that the momentum off of thatRead More


What They’re Saying About Smart Beta, Tactics, and Strategy

Jun 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta, SRI and Clean Energy

For four years now, FTSE Russell has surveyed global institutions, asking about their interest in smart beta indexes and about their allocations to investable products based on same. The 2017 survey results are in. The new survey finds (as did the earlier ones) that risk reduction, return enhancement, and improvedRead More


Lawsuit in California, Survey in Europe: On ETF Managers and Investors

Jun 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

Late last year a California state court found that the plaintiffs in a class action suit stated a cause of action when they alleged that the defendant, iShares Trust, had failed to disclose the material risk of using market or stop loss orders in connection with ETFs. This spring theRead More


The Intelligent Use of Smart Beta     

May 25th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

This is the first of a series of articles on smart beta. By Scott Opsal, The Leuthold Group Understanding Factor Returns And Market Conditions Quantitative investing has become an integral component of professional investment management, and smart beta funds have become popular vehicles for advisors as they assemble actively-managed clientRead More


Generation Two Liquid Alternatives

Apr 25th, 2017 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

Beachhead Capital Management has published a white paper on what it calls the “second generation of liquid alternatives.” To begin at the beginning, “liquid alternatives” are investment products, available to retail investors, for example through mutual funds or ETFs, which are designed to provide the diversification and absolute-return benefits typicallyRead More


Factor Investing And The Importance Of Market Cycles

Mar 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., ETFs, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

By Scott Opsal, CFA Director of Equities, The Leuthold Group The widespread popularity of smart beta ETFs demonstrates that factor-based investing has advanced from the province of academia to rank among the most popular investment strategies for institutional and retail investors. Originally of interest to researchers looking to test, andRead More


BlackRock: Smart Beta Strategies Have Room for Growth

Mar 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, ETFs, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

A recent Columbia Business School research paper looks into the transaction costs associated with smart beta strategies in order to estimate the capacity of each strategy. The three authors of the report are all affiliated with asset manager BlackRock Inc. They are: Ronald Ratcliffe, Paolo Miranda, and Andrew Ang. RatcliffeRead More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


AIMA Issues Guide for Liquid Alternative Funds

Oct 25th, 2015 | Filed under: Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I.

If a hedge fund manager accustomed to a less regulated system (and its illiquidity at both ends) has on the blackboard a liquid product, it needs to “evaluate whether [its] strategy is suitable for a UCITS or an AMF format, and whether it can maintain an investment portfolio with sufficient liquid assets to meet the stringent liquidity requirements that exist” under those regimes, the new guide cautions.Read More


How Robust is a Smart Beta Strategy?

Oct 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

According to one scholarly count, there are no fewer than 314 factors that might be used in selecting a portfolio, each with a positive historical risk premium. A strategy construction could be produced through more-or-less arbitrary fishing in this large pond. Smart beta produced that way might not be smart -- or, at least, not robustly smart.Read More


Foundations: They’ve Taken a Blow from “Subdued” Markets

Sep 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Indexes, Institutional Investing, Liquid Alts, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Risk management

Both private and community foundations depend heavily on U.S. equities. Indeed, domestic equities remained the bright spot while other strategies underperformed in 2014. A new report from a collaboration of the Council on Foundations and Commonfund provides food for thought about the reversal in foundation returns in that year. TheRead More


Alternative Investments By the Numbers: Top 5 2015 YTD Takeaways

Jul 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Liquid Alts, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Private Equity

Guest columnist Andre Boreas takes a look at the alternative investment universe year-to-date 2015 by the numbers.Read More


‘Women of the Street’—Not Just Another War Story

Jul 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Seekers, Alpha Strategies, Institutional Investing, Retail Investing

Meredith Jones' book on investing in women takes it to the Street and comes back with some solid conclusions.Read More


European Investor Satisfaction with Smart Beta ETFs

Jun 28th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, CAPM / Alpha Theory, ETFs, Liquid Alts, Risk management, Smart Beta

Two authors at EDHEC remind us that 15% of the assets in any ETF or ETF-like products for European investors were in smart-beta indexed products as of August 2014, and that this amount is growing. They discuss the extent to which investors are pleased with their results. Read More


Hybrid Equity: Another Perspective on Private Equity

Jun 14th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Liquid Alts, Private Equity, Retail Investing

Managers who offer funds that provide shorter time frames to investment exits, greater liquidity through a hedge fund structure, and employ the event-driven skill set that identifies and manages an investment portfolio yielding private equity-like returns are finding increased interest from an investment community seeking returns married with reasonable liquidity. Read More


A New Index: The Eurekahedge 50

Jun 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Indexes, Liquid Alts, Portable Alpha & Alpha/Beta Separation

It appears likely that the new index, the Eurekahedge 50, as well as the daily tracker index that has been built around it, will have aspirational significance. It is designed to set a bar that will be very difficult for other alpha seekers to clear, yet easy for replicators to follow. Read More


KPMG, MFA & AIMA: Institutional Investors & Customization

Mar 19th, 2015 | Filed under: Alternative Mutual Funds, Asset allocation, Fees, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Liability Driven Investing, Regulatory

Surveys suggest that certain conspicuous ongoing trends will continue. For example, the classic 20 + 2 fee structure will continue to crumble, replaced by "customized" structures. A full 91% of the small hedge fund managers who filled out a survey agreed with this. A mere 76% of large hedge fund managers did likewise. Read More


ESMA to Member States: You’re Not Doing Enough Re: MiFiD

Mar 18th, 2015 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Regulatory, Retail Investing

A newly released report tells us that ESMA is unhappy with the national "competent authorities" as to how they've enforced MiFiD. the report implies that the adjective in the phrase "competent authorities" is to be understood as a courtesy rather than a description. Read More


Why Constraints on Hedge Funds Matter

Mar 8th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Alternative Mutual Funds, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Indexes, Performance, Analytics & Metrics

Andrew Beer looks at what happens when talented hedge fund managers try and perform within the constraints of the mutual fund structure. Read More


Do you like or dislike equity?

Mar 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Liquid Alts

John Shearman, CAIA, guest columnist explores the basics of liquid alts.Read More


A Metaphorical Map that Proposes an Unbound Barbell

Feb 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Alternative Mutual Funds, Asset allocation, Hedge Fund Strategies, Liquid Alts, Risk management

The hedge fund universe has become a much more complicated place since 2008. The old-school hedge funds offering only quarterly redemptions with at least one month notice are no longer the only option for those seeking alternatives plays. And those who are seeking such plays may be somewhat confused by the proliferation of possibilities. Read More


Case study: Straits gives managed futures a facelift

Dec 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Commodities, Retail Investing

As alternative investments become more mainstream, managers who traditionally have operated in the alternatives arena face a number of questions, including what is the right offering, the proper structure and how do we market the new vehicle. Guest columnist Ginger Szala examines the thought processes of one group as they made the leap to retailization.Read More


Business Development Companies: The Basics

Nov 20th, 2014 | Filed under: Liquid Alts, Private Equity

Guest columnist Andrew Smith, CAIA, traces the history of Business Development Companies.Read More


Investment Advisors, Investors and Beauty Contests

Nov 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Asset allocation, High-net-worth investors, Retail Investing

n a new book, Charlotte Beyer tells investors that having the right advisor isn't suckerdom. It can in fact be insurance against suckerdom. So: how does an investor find the right advisor? Read More


Liquidity Makers and Takers: A Nobel Prize

Oct 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing

The latest Economics Award has drawn the attention of the world briefly to a body of work that has a number of points of interest for the alt-investment community. Read More


Not Your Grandfather’s Market: The Evolution of Liquid Alternatives

Oct 5th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alts, Retail Investing

Guest columnist Andrew Smith, CAIA, traces the rise and growth of liquid alternatives.Read More


Celent Reports on Equity Crowdfunding

Sep 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Retail Investing, Venture capital

A new report from Celent discusses the as-yet unimplemented Title III of the JOBS Act. Celent's Isabella Fonseca offers suggestions for how both wealth managers and tech providers might benefit. Read More


Investing in the Investor

Sep 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Retail Investing

Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at what advisors think of hedge funds.Read More


Deutsche Bank on Investor Demands Today

Jul 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Institutional Investing, Retail Investing

If such institutions as the ECB keep rewarding indebtedness, then over time they get their way. They'll get a lot of deal making, even if it amounts to a frenzy. Then investors will demand funds that play to that frenzy. Read More


A Third Wave of Alt-Industry Growth is Upon Us

Jun 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Alternative Mutual Funds, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing

Private fund managers who want to be part of this wave, who hope to compete for the retail investment market with their absolute-return and non-correlation toolkit, shouldn’t think it is going to be easy. One of the sections of the SEI report is headed “understanding the hurdles.”Read More


A Plea to the Retail Investors

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Commodities, CTA, Hedge Fund Strategies, Retail Investing

This book, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments that Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios is an appeal to the retail investor, to those author Bob Rice calls "typical investors," passing along the good news that they are no longer "stuck with the children's menu of investment options."Read More


ISDA & EDHEC Respond to Benchmarks Paper

Mar 26th, 2013 | Filed under: Derivatives, Retail Investing

The benchmarking consultation paper from ESMA/EBA has produced intriguing responses from, among others, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and the EDHEC-Risk Institute.Read More


Lending Securities: Which Mutual Funds Do It Best

Mar 6th, 2013 | Filed under: Retail Investing

A newly released paper concludes that the returns many mutual funds make from lending their portfolio securities increase as the directors on their boards become more independent. Separately, it is a good sign if the directors have, as the saying goes, 'skin in the game.'Read More


On Mutual Funds, Alternative Strategies, and Waterfalls

Feb 19th, 2013 | Filed under: 130/30, Alternative Mutual Funds

John Siciliano, managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, updated me on the state of retailization/convergence from the point of view of the mutual fund firm managements with whom he has conferred of late. Read More


BCG: Private Banking Will Get More Complicated

Oct 18th, 2012 | Filed under: High-net-worth investors, Retail Investing

The development of offshore banking centers, and the diplomatic pressures brought to bear upon them, are such that individual relationship managers may no longer “be able to serve clients from a large number of domiciles because regulatory compliance will become more complex and country-specific – making it impossible to master the distinct requirements of many different client domiciles,” according to the Boston Consulting Group. That is one of many keep-your-chin-up injunctions throughout this report. Read More


The Second Circuit: A Wrestling Ring for Argentina & Creditors

Aug 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Retail Investing

The Clearing House Association has filed an amicus brief in the NML litigation, effectively acting on behalf of its member banks, arguing that the pari passu language in the bonds issued by Argentina in the 1990s folllowed “standard language included in substantially the same form in numerous credit documents,” and contending that a decision upholding the district court would upset “the long-understood meaning of these clauses in the market.” Read More


Catastrophism Versus Darwinism: Dodd-Frank as Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Commodities, CTA, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Hedge Fund Strategies, Private Equity, Retail Investing

The Grant Thornton paper maintains that the asset management industry achieved "performance and operational efficiencies" during 2011, and this sounds like the sort of marginal adaptation that play a large part in Charles Darwins' writings, to which GT's Winstoin Wilson alluded. But ... the report also treats the regulatory environment as a meteor, capable of wiping out even the best-adapted of pre-collision dinosaurs. So "the Darwinian process" is an odd label for what it describes. Read More


Alpha Hunters: Bringing Long-Short Equity to the Masses

Feb 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, ETFs, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Retail Investing

AAA sat down with Alex Gurvich and Jim Mitchell, both of The Rockledge Group, an investment advisory firm headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. We began by discussing the mid-January launch of a new product that gives the long-short equity strategy an ETF format, and ended up talking about a good deal else, such as the inherent superiority of ETFs over mutual funds, and Pimco's recent recognition of that fact. Read More


Alpha Hunter Krishna Menani: The Opportunities and Risks in Bond Markets

Aug 11th, 2011 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Institutional Investing, Retail Investing

In any economic system, the fixed-income market plays an essential role as one of the principal ways of financing enterprise (be it corporate or sovereign).  Research shows that at the end of 2010, the global bond market had amounts outstanding of over US$95 trillion (to put that in context, theRead More


Everybody Back in the Water! Deep Diving the Family Office Investment Pool

Jul 28th, 2011 | Filed under: High-net-worth investors, Private Equity, Real Estate, Retail Investing

According to the latest research, confidence in family office investing is back.Read More