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What about beta?

‘There You Go Again’

May 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association This now famous line was uttered by then citizen Ronald Reagan almost 40 years ago in a presidential debate with the incumbent Jimmy Carter. It was a simple and clever turn of a phrase acting as a counter-punch to Carter’s excoriation of Reagan’s priorRead More


Earth to Kerth… It’s Our Day 

Apr 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative energy, Climate change, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The Urban Dictionary turned 20 years old last month. If staying power means anything, perhaps it is time to use it as a citable source for modern day lexicon of words like Kerth. It seems Kerth is a name for someone who connotes sweetness, politeness,Read More


Let WSYD Be Your Guide 

Apr 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association WWJD has been a motto for certain holy rollers who ask, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ in any variety of situations. Perhaps this phrase is meant to serve as an ethical guide or a touchstone back to someone who might just know what is right more than you do. ThisRead More


Oak-and-Tree and Larry Grows… 

Mar 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The adaptation to this week’s title harkens back to late 19th century Scotland where this was a play song more popularly known as “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow.” It was a song of action in a time and a place—where most of the wakingRead More


Dry, Drier, Driest 

Mar 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association When it comes to dryness there are degrees of gradation, especially when it comes to the most discriminating tastes amongst us. Whether we are talking martinis, snow, or our skin, dry doesn’t always mean dry. We slake, salve, or schuss our way through, alwaysRead More


Waiting for Godot

Feb 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Waiting for Godot is a tragic comedy play by Samuel Beckett which first premiered on stage in Paris in 1953. There is only one scene and two primary characters who seem to know that they must wait for someone named Godot. They don’t knowRead More


The Survey Says… 

Feb 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Earlier this year, we surveyed the CAIA Association Membership to ascertain their views on investment-related topics as we step into 2019. We had well over 1,000 responses which, according to the statisticians, puts us in the 95% confidence interval, plus or minus 3%. The respondents’ geographic breakdown tracked the home region of our broader Member base, andRead More


Next Stop, The Opportunity Zone

Jan 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Qualified Opportunity Zones, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Witness if you will… This was often the opening line of Rod Serling, the creator and narrator of The Twilight Zone series. Launched on CBS television 60 years ago, it dealt with human morality superimposed over what were almost always surreal or otherwise unusual circumstances. Serling’s narrative at both the beginning and the end of eachRead More


A Jack for Our Trade? 

Jan 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Who's Who, Personalities in AI

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis 2:2, on the seventh day God rested after having created all the heavens and earth. Jack Bogle was on the eve of his tenth decade on this earth and he must have skipped both that chapter and verse. In fact, Jack was more of a Matthew 21:12 kind of guy. The one who comes into a templeRead More


Anekāntavāda

Jan 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association “You can look it up” was a quote often attributed to the late baseball great Casey Stengel. That was likely the early 1900s precursor to “you can Google it,” and if one punched anekantavada into their browser today, they would find a consensus definition of “many-sidedness.” Rest assured, the CAIA Members from India probably already knew this, given the origins of this word’s emergence from ancient India and the JainRead More


Why About Beta?

Jan 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association About a year ago I wrote a single contributed piece entitled What About Beta for CAIA’s AllAboutAlpha blog. I wrote it at a time when the long placid markets showed (perhaps with an angry vengeance) that volatility was still alive and well, and purposefully, that post came on the 20th anniversary of the S&P 500 index closing above 1,000 forRead More


The Wright Stuff

Dec 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, Economics, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association One hundred and fifteen years ago today two Wrights tried to make it right when it came time to ponder the prospect of flying the friendly skies. On that day in an open field in a place called Kill Devil Hills, the first recorded airplane flight took off and safelyRead More


A Move from Otherness to Better Global Governance 

Dec 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macroeconomics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The resolution season will soon be upon us. Many will aspire to eat less, exercise more, be better partners or parents, or maybe even sit for the March 2019 CAIA Exam. Resolve doesn’t always make it across the finish line though, even with the very best ofRead More


And This Little Piggy Wants to TARP It  

Nov 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Pity the poor maligned pig. From the early origins of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme dating back almost 300 years, to the modern and profane descriptor for any boorish lout, the pig is there. Commonly used synonyms, like swine, provide little solace and theRead More


Picnicking and Nitpicking  

Nov 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association What is a complex transaction without a battery of lawyers to paper it up. These legal minds are an integral part of most transactions and their presence is mostly felt at the time of deal creation and, maybe even more so, when things go offRead More


A Preqin Prequel? 

Nov 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association In the world of cinema, by most accounts, it is The Godfather Part II that holds the top spot for best movie prequel. Interestingly, by design and title, it is also a sequel. Sequels at the box office are often panned but this production wasRead More


Marks on the Market

Oct 29th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry

Just about 70 years ago, Benjamin Graham wrote the timeless book titled simply The Intelligent Investor. This work and others, along with his distinguished career as an economist and an investor, earned him the title of the “Father of Value Investing.” His fictional investor in this referenced book was aptly named Mr. Market andRead More


I Quant to Be a Trillionaire

Oct 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Hedge Funds

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Everyone from Bruno Mars to Donald J. Trump wants to be a mere billionaire “so freakin’ bad.” Heck, even the current Mega Millions Lottery has become a misnomer with the current jackpot for this US game of chance standing at $1.6 billion for theRead More


Tiptoe Thru’ the Cryptos With Yale

Oct 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Institutional Investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Digital currencies, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Fifty years ago, Tiny Tim, the ukulele-wielding father of falsetto, released his self-aggrandizing album entitled God Bless Tiny Tim. Love it or hate it, those of a certain generation will never forget Track 2 entitled “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips With Me.” In the modernRead More


Modi Operandi

Oct 1st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Frontier markets, Macroeconomics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association What’s your liquidity M.O.? If you are less than certain, it is time to look east toward the country of India and the land of Modi. After all, when 1.3 billion people cough there is a decent chance the rest of the world justRead More


D’oh!

Sep 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Regulatory Environment, Risk Management & Operations

Much has been written this week about the fall of the house of Lehman. Too big to fail became “someone has to” and the rest is history. The demise of Lehman has been one of the many sign posts that defined the GFC and now, ten years on, traditional and socialRead More


(IRR)ational Aggregation

Sep 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Many of us have had the experience of buying a home and often turn to the bank to provide some level of secured funding for that purchase. Banks, of course, require documentary evidence for the value of their collateral which, invariably, results in a market-based appraisal process resultingRead More


The Raining Credentials  

Sep 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Missions, and the statements that embody them, are typically concise, focused, and executable around some type of formulated plan. Most missions are perpetual, and it’s rare that you will Google any business website and be greeted with the words “mission accomplished.” As many ofRead More


Kurtosis Diagnosis: Don’t get Skewed!

Aug 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The quote “what gets measured gets managed” is oft-times attributed to the author and consultant Peter Drucker. The origin is less significant than its modern-day meaning and, while it is most often used in the context of business management, it ports quite well into the management ofRead More


Liquidity: The Taxi-onomy of Supply and Demand 

Aug 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The Global Economy & Currencies, Macroeconomics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The CAIA Association has partnered with AIMA to develop a series of educational papers designed to equip trustees and other fiduciaries with the proper tools to assist them in their risk oversight responsibilities. The third installment covered the use and deployment of leverage in alternative funds and we are now putting theRead More


Private (In)equity 

Jul 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly Private equity is quite simply capital not listed on a public exchange (props to Investopedia). This is certainly an apt description but as this asset class moves toward greater maturity, corresponding levels of responsibility and transparency must be ramped up too. Uninvested capital has reached dizzying heights which can only mean (on average) higher entry multiples, downward pressure on returns, lessRead More


Travails from the Crypt

Jul 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Digital currencies

Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information. While that does not necessarily define cryptoassets, it does begin to underscore the challenges that need to be overcome before we can see wide institutional adoption. The issues around valuation, liquidity, regulation, and even speculation have grabbed many of the recent headlines, but it might be the more boring world of custody and safekeepingRead More


Chain Blockers

Jul 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Emerging Alternative Investments, Digital currencies, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The base case for distributed ledger technology (or DLT, and often used interchangeably with blockchain) is to create a trusted network of participants where there is just one ledger of account records shared by all and there is no central recordkeeper. Transactions are digitalRead More


Asset Management in China: Expect Growth

Jul 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Institutional Investing, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Finance & Economics

A new study by Casey Quirk looks at asset management in China. It makes a bold claim: that by 2030, asset management strategies broadly defined will account for 10% of total Chinese wealth. That will be a more than doubling of the corresponding number at present: 4%. If China getsRead More


Huge Data 

Jul 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO How many billionaires would you need to accumulate one quintillion dollars of net worth? If your last name is Trump you might say just one, but the non-fake news answer is a cool one billion billionaires. Whether you are dealing in alternative facts or not, this is a massive number that carries 18 zeros to the left ofRead More


FORE! 

Jun 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Certain words in the world of sports are universally recognized and understood, even for those who have never kicked a football or swung a golf club. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Matches began this weekend and not many of us will need a definition for GOOOAAALLL. Similarly, the annual US Open Golf Championship wrappedRead More


Water, Water Everywhere…

Jun 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association  It was 220 years ago when Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote and published his now famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Perhaps few among us could name this poet, but this specific work and the referenced line of prose live on in infamy and areRead More


It’s the Volatility (of Volatility), Stupid! 

Jun 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Just about 25 years ago a political strategist named James Carville brought this phrase into the common lexicon when he used the “Economy” as the initial punchline. The resonation of that simple phrase is arguably what got Bill Clinton into the White House. At just about that same time and a short 1,000 miles away from Hope, Ark., Professor RobertRead More


Safety First?

May 29th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By: CAIA CEO Bill Kelly. Dateline, Guoliang Tunnel Road in China. This stretch of highway is a perennial favorite in the annual ranking of the world’s most dangerous roadways. Surprisingly, it ceded the top spot in that category this year to the North Yungas Road in Bolivia, but some pictures are simply not suitable for publication in this family-friendly blog. The path from Point A to Point B is rarely a straight line and the obstacles encounteredRead More


The All-Inclusive Buffet

May 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By: Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association We have all seen it. The Sunday brunch, the Caribbean vacation, or the cruise to nowhere or everywhere that touts the all-inclusive offer when it comes to food and drink. The behavioral aspects of these arrangements are common and predictable. More choice often yields toRead More


Too Big Too Frail 

Apr 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA CEO The most intractable challenges in society, and life, sometimes subsist in a state of duality. The size and scale of the downside are enormous and almost paralyzing if allowed into our daily psyche. Sometimes however, especially in life, we have finely tuned coping mechanisms that we allow in to keep these thoughts in check. This mental recalibration can be a good thing, especially when put intoRead More


in-i-fish-uh nt (adj.) 

Apr 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA CEO In the good old days of bound books, a dictionary and thesaurus were de rigueur desktop accessories, no matter your stock-in-trade. It is hard to argue with the modern-day convenience of a Siri or Alexa who can define that certain word, or produce the ideal synonym, on-demand. The over-50 crowd, however, might remember and even lament the lost art of searching for the meaning of a word; when found, it was often accompanied by a descriptive picture that rendered the defining words to follow almost superfluous. IfRead More


The Giraffe in The Coal Mine 

Apr 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association What’s a few dead canaries amongst friends, or maybe miners? Historically, it has meant a highly toxic atmosphere and a time to immediately retreat to safer ground. In the autumn of years since the GFC, the financial markets have witnessed plenty of canary-like warnings, but most have been shrugged off under the TTID and FOMO Twitter hashtags. Well, when the canary has ceded the early warningRead More


Egg Day Segue 

Apr 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA CEO According to the Gregorian Calendar today is Easter Monday. It is a holiday in many countries around the world and even for the non-celebrants, visual cues abound. In many regions the universal symbol is the decorated egg. While Hallmark may have made this into anRead More


So Much March Madness

Mar 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association What can the NCAA basketball tournament tell you about your investment portfolio? As it turns out, quite a bit. For those of you who simply don’t care about the annual bracket ritual, it is quite easy to get you up to speed. The bottomRead More


Trust But Clarify

Mar 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO What’s going on here? Wasn’t it just a few short weeks ago that the SEC came out with a self-reporting initiative aimed at advisors who essentially fail to disclose lower fee share classes to their client? This amnesty program was put into place toRead More


Irrational Dissonance

Mar 12th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Friday was March 9 and not a lot of discussion was had about the infamy of this date going all the way back to 2009. For the few in the market who have maintained some level of perspective, analysis and a concept of whatRead More


The Year of the (Sleeping) Dog

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

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Welcome to Washington Chairman Powell… All eyes were on his inaugural address to the House Financial Services Committee this week, followed by semiannual remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, and by most accounts he passed with flying colors. Much of the discussion could beRead More


A Rhetorical Oracle?

Feb 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Fees, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Warren Buffett cashed out his bet and the final numbers are in courtesy of the Oracle’s annual shareholder letter. Unfortunately, the most important investment lessons have been completely lost, as the media and the investment sage have mostly used this as an opportunity toRead More


A Cautionary Tale

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

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


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