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The Unrecognized Risks of Short Vol Strategies

Feb 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Risk Management & Operations, Risk Metrics and Measurement

Vineer Bhansali and Lawrence Harris have written a scholarly paper on what they call the “extraordinary growth of short volatility strategies” since late 2010. A lot of people and institutions seem to have come to the conclusion that spiking volatility is just that. A “spike” on a chart is definitionallyRead More


DB: Investors Newly Optimistic About Hedge Funds

Feb 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Fees, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, Industry Size & Managers, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, The A.I. Industry

Deustche Bank recently released its Alternative Investment Survey, the 16th annual.  This year the questionnaires received replies from 436 global hedge fund investors, with assets under management of $2.1 trillion, who shared their insights, sentiments, and allocation plans.  Glenn Bunn, co-head of Prime Finance at DB, said in a statementRead More


What Family Offices Want From Alternative Investment Managers

Feb 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Family Offices, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added

By Diane Harrison Competition within the alternatives sector for family office investments is at an all-time high, as these investors get more comfortable with the range of assets available to them and their general understanding of alternatives rises. Fund managers want to win these wealthy investors over, but often findRead More


Eurekahedge: Greater China Mandates Pay Off for January

Feb 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Energy, Gold, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Hedge Funds, Indexes, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, oil, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry

A new Index Flash Update from Eurekahedge says that hedge funds are off to a positive start to 2018. The industry globally gained 2.26% in January. Among developed world mandates, North American hedge funds were up 1.89%, followed by those of Japan and Europe, which gained 1.28% each. Higher numbersRead More


A Cautionary Tale

Feb 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Shadow or not, the groundhog brought volatility out of its burrow on February 2nd, and it is safe to say that it will persist for a lot longer than the six weeks of additional winter in the Northeast part of the USA.  Along withRead More


PE Funds and the Causal Arrow

Feb 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Equity Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Private Investments

A new report published by the Copenhagen Business School looks into the consequence of private equity investment on an industry-by-industry basis. The authors find that “industries where private equity funds invest grow more quickly [than others] in terms of total production and employment, and appear less exposed to aggregate shocks.”Read More


Urgent vs. Important: Barriers to Digitization in Alternative Investing

Feb 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, Operations, Risk Management & Operations

KPMG International and CREATE-Research have jointly prepared a report about the digitization imperative for alternative investment management. The report includes within that term both hedge funds and private equity. Early on, its authors list eight key digital innovations that are reconstructing the industry: Application programming interfaces; cognitive technology and machineRead More


PE and VC Opportunities in 21st Century India

Feb 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Equity Types of Private Equity, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Private Equity, Private Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Venture capital

ARA Law, a firm based in Mumbai and Bangalore, India, has issued a paper on private equity and venture capital in that country. In a foreword, firm founder Rajesh N. Begur observes that there is a positive dynamic now at work in India’s economy, one that in his view “canRead More


Gold as a Strategic Asset

Feb 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Gold, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added

The World Gold Council has recently posted its analysis of the continued relevance of gold. As one might expect from the source, the WGC finds that gold is a strategic asset that can play several valuable roles in a portfolio. Toward this end, the paper offers a chart of gold’sRead More


SSGA on Smart Beta

Feb 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

State Street Global Advisers has put out a “Complete Guide to Smart Beta.” A preface by Lynn S. Blake explains that the focus of the paper is not on equity products but on “exciting new developments in the fixed income world.” Within that space, multi-factor strategies will proliferate going forward.Read More


S&P on Reading VIX

Feb 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added

S&P Dow Jones Indices has put out a paper offering market participants without patience for “academic rigor” an accessible guide to the so-called “Fear Index,” the VIX, calculated from the prices of a specific basket of S&P options. The contributors to the paper are: Tim Edwards, S&P Global senior director,Read More


What about beta?

Feb 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO As the 2018 calendar turned to February, the long-anticipated volatility came back with a vengeance, but why were so many, so surprised.  As long-term investors, I point out what might be the obvious.  The first fissures of this new normal arrived on Friday Feb 2Read More


Ceres Report Evaluates Value of Early-Stage Clean Energy

Feb 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Emerging Alternative Investments, Energy, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Equity, Private Investments, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Venture capital

A recent publication from Ceres, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting sustainability as a goal in both investing and corporate governance, looks at the value that early-stage clean energy products offer venture capitalists. The publication is the work of a team of five “lead authors and key contributors,” including threeRead More


Unsophisticated Techniques of Equity Factor Investing Still Prevail

Feb 1st, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

EDHEC Risk Institute, in collaboration with ERI Scientific Beta, surveyed 114 investment professionals between June and September 2017 about their motivation and interests with regard to equity factor strategies. It found that many, especially on the asset owners’ side of things, were strikingly distant from the state-of-the-art in analytical approachesRead More


Sovereign Wealth Funds, UN Goals, and Hedge Fund Fees

Jan 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Fees, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Dr. Rajiv Sharma has written an extensive literature review of “sovereign wealth funds’ investment in sustainable development sectors” for the UN sponsored high-level conference on Financing for Development. Sharma is research director, global projects center, at Stanford University. He writes in this review that there are “a number of issuesRead More


Muster Drill: To the Value Lifeboats

Jan 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Finance & Economics, Newly Added

By Scott Opsal While we’re not calling for an imminent market top, we are keeping a diligent watch from the crow’s nest for signs of a coming market correction. Equity investors worried that there is a bear-shaped iceberg looming somewhere in 2018 should be evaluating defensive portfolio strategies that wouldRead More


The Rationality (or Otherwise) of Public Pension Fund Managers

Jan 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

A new research paper from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business discusses the rationality (or otherwise) of the return expectations of institutional investors, with especial reference to public pension funds. It finds that the returns that pension fund managers expect from their investments are extrapolated from the returns thoseRead More


What CTAs Think about Bitcoin Futures

Jan 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

A new BarclayHedge study indicates that the majority of commodity trading advisers surveyed are unenthusiastic about the new Bitcoin futures. Specifically, asked “do you consider Bitcoin futures to be a valuable/useful addition to a diversified futures portfolio?” nearly three quarters (73%) said “no.” The sample for this survey included firmsRead More


KPMG’s Report Cards on Real Assets

Jan 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Natural Resources and Land, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets, Real Estate, Real Estate Equity Investments

KPMG has posted a new paper looking at the role of real assets (defined as “anything where there is a tangible/physical asset being traded”) within a portfolio, with a focus on opportunities for U.K. based institutional investors, especially pension schemes. It begins with a brief survey of the field. RealRead More


Firms of the Near Future: Process and Product Innovators

Jan 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Alternative Investments in Context, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

Last summer the Boston Consulting Group put out a report on the global asset management industry, called “The Innovator’s Advantage.” The title was an allusion to a landmark 1997 book by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Dilemma, which in turn was a forceful restatement of some old Schumpeterian ideas about theRead More


Aquila Asks: Who’s Afraid of Pricey Markets?

Jan 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Finance & Economics, Gold, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

A new paper from Aquila Capital Group looks at managed futures, and makes the case that they offer investments tools with which one can achieve a “robust and diversifying risk/return profile.” The paper begins with the concerns many investors have at present. Record long bull markets, high asset prices, andRead More


CRYPTOCURRENCIES – HOT BUY OR HOT AIR?

Jan 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

By Diane Harrison With traditional stock markets offering robust gains in 2017 and looking poised to continue their attractiveness in 2018, investors need strong persuasion to shift their equity allocations elsewhere. Enter the latest media darling: cryptocurrencies. The alternatives news feeds are awash in stories extolling the meteoric rise ofRead More


Stockholder Inspection Rights Survive Challenge in Delaware

Jan 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Equity Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Private Equity, Private Investments, Regulatory Environment, The A.I. Industry

On December 29, 2017, the last business day of the expiring year, the Delaware Chancery Court, in a memorandum of opinion by Vice Chancellor Slights, upheld stockholders’ statutory books-and-records inspection rights against a defendant corporation that sought to invoke and considerably to widen the scope of the Delaware Supreme Court’sRead More


FACTOR INVESTING: GROSS TO NET RETURNS

Jan 15th, 2018 | Filed under: Fees, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

By Nicolas Rabener, FactorResearch From Theory to Reality Summary: Long-short multi-factor portfolios generate attractive returns before fees Post fees charged historically returns are much less attractive However, some fees in the long-short space are likely justified given higher complexity INTRODUCTION Reality is the murder of a beautiful theory by aRead More


Searching for the Right Infrastructure Manager: 3 Case Studies

Jan 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Infrastructure, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets

A new paper from bfinance (an independent financial services consultancy headquartered in London) discusses the “dramatically different era” into which infrastructure investing has entered over the last two years. The paper, “DNA of a Manager Search: Infrastructure,” looks at three recent unlisted infrastructure searches, in order to glean some insightRead More


Principles, ESG, and Credit Risk

Jan 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an initiative working to put into practice six principles on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of investment decisions, in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, has issued a paper on the credit ratings agencies and theirRead More


A Proposal for a Monthly Art Market Index

Jan 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Real Assets

It has long been understood that ownership of works of art isn’t just a collection or a hobby, or a way to brighten up the walls of one’s home. It’s a portfolio decision. But it is a portfolio decision that involves non-fungible and very infrequently traded assets.  So: how doesRead More


Global Macro: Valuable for Institutional Portfolios

Jan 7th, 2018 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Hedge Fund Strategies, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Newly Added

The Mekata Investment Group has published a white paper on global macro hedge funds, contending that a position in such a fund is a valuable defensive tool for an institution. Global Macros are valuable because they perform best during turbulent or volatile markets, which is when defense is most needed,Read More


Women on Boards: Different Markets, Different Trends

Jan 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Socially responsible investing

The latest MSCI “Women on Boards Progress Report” notes that the advancement of women onto corporate boards and into the corporate suites of corporations with global reach has been slow. Until recently, MSCI had anticipated that 30% of the company board seats on the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI)Read More


Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2018

Jan 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, The A.I. Industry

By Don Steinbrugge Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends stemming from our contact with more than two thousand institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations. The hedge fund industry is dynamic, and participants are best served by anticipating, rather than reacting to, change. Below areRead More


How Random is the Walk? Bond Market Empiricism

Jan 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Behavioral finance, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added

A new paper, forthcoming in the Journal of Empirical Finance, looks at the corporate bond market, and looks specifically for behavioral biases. Although it finds some, it also finds that they are small, and can’t serve as the foundation for a profitable trading strategy. Though its route is roundabout, theRead More


Top 5 Alpha Stories of 2017

Dec 31st, 2017 | Filed under: Business News, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Finance & Economics, Insolvency, Newly Added, oil, The A.I. Industry

In surveying this year for dramatic alpha-related stories, we have much whence to choose. This was the year in which the Murdoch family announced its intention to sell some of their highest value holdings to Disney. Also, in 2017 the EQT Rice merger (contested, unsuccessfully, by one prominent hedge fundRead More


Deloitte on the 2018 Outlook for Managers

Dec 29th, 2017 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Newly Added, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, The A.I. Industry

A new Deloitte report on the year ahead says that 2018, globally, “could be the year that records the highest average [mergers and acquisitions] deal value” for the investment manager sector. Also, this will be a big year for artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms; Deloitte predicts that 70% of newRead More


Hedge Funds: Myths and Pendulums

Dec 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

Steben & Co., a Gaithersburg, Maryland headquartered fund of fund manager, has issued a white paper on the various unfavorable myths that it contends surround the hedge fund market. It says that four different myths are discouraging investments, and indeed that they are promulgated precisely for that purpose. The myths:Read More


The Performance of Impact Investments

Dec 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Social investing, Socially responsible investing

The Global Impact Investing Network has offered its own take on a much discussed question: do “impact investing” and its variants under various names – sustainable investing, socially conscious investing, ESG investing, etc. – work? And, if so, how well? It looks at this question in a very granular way,Read More


Rukaiyah Adams, CIO Meyer Memorial Trust – doing good and investing well

Dec 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, Practitioners, Who's Who

By Charles Skorina The $90 billion Oregon Pension ranks among the top 15 in the US, but how many in the industry know the current board chair, Ms. Rukaiyah Adams? Ms. Adams was born in Berkeley, CA, grew up in diverse, northeast Portland, and returned to her home city afterRead More


Benchmarking Distributed Ledger Technology

Dec 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars affiliated with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in Great Britain, have prepared a fascinating overview of the present state of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Dr. Garrick Hileman and Michel Rauchs, respectively a Research Fellow and a research assistant, have gathered data from more than 200Read More


HARK! The Allocators Sing…

Dec 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

By Diane Harrison 2017 will be a hard year for allocators and investors to get excited about hedge fund performance versus US equities. Hedge funds returned on average about 6% in the first 11 months of 2017, significantly lagging the stock market, which was up over 20% for the sameRead More


Blackstone Looks at the Secondary Private Equity Market

Dec 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Private Investments

An October paper put out by Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, of Blackstone, argues that (despite risks and drawbacks) investing in the secondary private equity market  can still be a smart play, offering “accelerated returns with lower volatility, lower loss rates, and greater downside protection” than the primary market. The secondaryRead More


Institutional Investors Expect More Vol, Higher Interest Rates: But They Fear Not

Dec 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Alternative Investments in Context, Consultants, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

Natixis Investment Managers has released survey data on the mood of institutional investors around the world. Natixis, which has $961 billion in assets under management, polled the decision makers of 500 institutions that together represent more than $19 trillion of assets. Among the takeaways: investors expect more volatility, in bothRead More


The Transformation of the Global Reinsurance Industry

Dec 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper from Milliman, a consultant to the insurance and financial services industries, discusses the ongoing transformation in and of the global reinsurance industry that alternative investment has created. About 20 years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake, catastrophe bonds caught on as aRead More


State Street Forecasts on Smart Beta

Dec 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Finance & Economics, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Smart Beta

State Street Global Advisors has a new paper out that seeks to help State Street clients “refine their own strategic asset allocation” especially insofar as their portfolios include smart beta investments, by explaining how State Street forecasts returns, and where the forecasts as to some of the factor returns standRead More


University endowments in the crosshairs

Dec 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

By Charles Skorina The U.S. has the greatest university system in the world.  But it’s expensive.  And congress is about to make matters worse by taxing the endowment earnings of “large” private college and university endowments. The latest congressional proposal aims to slap a 1.4 percent excise tax on theRead More


Deloitte on Initial Coins Offerings (ICOs) as IPOs

Dec 10th, 2017 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies

An October 2017 white paper from Deloitte discusses the extent to which the offerings of tokens built upon blockchains have become the new IPOs of the crypto era. There are no binding rules about how to execute an initial coin offering (ICO). Nonetheless, there have been enough of these soRead More


Around the World with a Timberland Outlook

Dec 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Natural Resources and Land, Newly Added, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

New Forests, an Australia-based investment manager focusing on strategies in forestry, land management, and conservation, has published its 2017 Timberland Investment Outlook. This paper begins with the observation that institutional investment in timberland now amounts to more than $100 billion. This makes it still a “relatively small” asset class, butRead More


Regulatory Challenges Posed by Crypto Funds

Dec 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Commodities, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

A forthcoming paper in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance looks at the cryptocurrency markets (bitcoin and its kin), the hedge funds that look to make money from them and the operational issues involved. Two independent scholars collaborated on writing the paper: Edmund Mokhtarian and Alexander Lindgren. AlthoughRead More


Bain on Dry Powder and High Asset Prices

Dec 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Equity, Private Investments

Bain & Co., a consultancy to the private equity industry, has issued its Global Private Equity Report 2017. One central theme of the report is that prices of desired assets aren’t merely high, they are “structurally high,” and thus likely to remain so. They are high because there is aRead More


PwC Charge: Asset Managers are Digital Tech ‘Laggards’

Nov 30th, 2017 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Technology, The A.I. Industry

A new paper from PricewaterhouseCoopers on the coming transformations in the asset and wealth management industries says that firms in this market must adapt or die. And the adaptation the authors have in mind isn’t just the usual Darwinian metaphor – managers must “become business revolutionaries, even disruptors” in orderRead More


WHAT CHALLENGES LIE AHEAD FOR ALTERNATIVES IN 2018?

Nov 29th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

By Diane Harrison With year-end holidays approaching and investment action wrap-up and forward planning in process, investors are bracing for change in many formats. November seems like a good time to take an industry snapshot survey of portfolio managers, wealth advisors, regulatory professionals, and the like, and ask them aRead More


A look at the European pension industry

Nov 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

Three years ago, Amin Rajan, the CEO of CREATE-Research, prepared a study of the way that pension plans had reacted to the global financial crisis and to the subsequent financial conditions.  His study continues to be worthy of attention in 2017. The study included a survey of 190 pension plansRead More