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The Alternative Imperative, Part II

Oct 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Alternative data, The Global Economy & Currencies, Artificial Intelligence, Business News, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

By Rick Roche, CAIA, Little Harbor Advisors, LLC Part 2 of a two-part series on The Alternative Imperative in the COVID Era. In Part 2, the author tackles notorious technology laggards. This piece transitions to alternative data pioneers (Alt-Venturers) and the 4-1-1 on Alt-Data: Hype or Hope? The author dispelsRead More


Cryptocurrencies: Asset Class or Something Else?

Oct 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Frontier markets, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Daniele Bianchi, PhD With the rising prices of Bitcoin and public awareness on blockchain, investors have drawn their attention to cryptocurrency markets, driven by the promise of significant returns compared to the flat or negative yields in more traditional asset classes. But how should investors examine cryptocurrencies in theRead More


Why Alternative Investment Operations Still Matter

Oct 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Private Equity, Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, Risk management, Operations, Funds of Hedge Funds, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations

By Jason Scharfman Esq., CFE, CRISC, CAMS, CAIA Managing Partner, Corgentum Consulting As an operational due diligence (ODD) professional who performs ODD reviews of alternative investment managers on behalf of institutional investors and family offices, I have noticed a recent increase not only in the number of ODD reviews investorsRead More


The Alternative Imperative, Part 1

Oct 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Investments in Context, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

By Rick Roche, CAIA, Managing Director of Little Harbor Advisors, LLC Part 1 of a two-part series on Alternative Investment Data (Alt-Data) in the COVID Era. In Part 1, the author makes the case for high-frequency, short-interval Alt-Data while discussing three primary drawbacks of interpreting official economic statistics amid aRead More


The October Effect: A Proxy for Patience

Oct 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Benjamin Graham’s mythical Mr. Market remains alive and well. He continues to always be available, but is often irrational, emotional, and inefficient. These same characteristics embody why he could be looked upon as the de-facto patron saint for the month of October where theRead More


Innovation Isn’t an Accident

Sep 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

By Sloane Ortel How does innovation happen? For many people in the investment community that answer is sort of fuzzy. We might think it just happens, which is effectively the same as believing inventions are delivered by storks when a creator and a source of capital love each other veryRead More


India: An Alternative Investment Industry Growth Story

Sep 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Shreekant Daga, CAIA, CFA, FRM – Associate Director of Industry Relations, India at CAIA Association & Guowei Jack Wu, CFA – Director of Content, APAC at CAIA Association Through August-September 2020, CAIA Association hosted a 10-part educational webinar series titled 10 Lessons in Finance. The event brought together academics fromRead More


Investment Professionals Must Rise Above Juvenile Partisanship to Protect Retirement Security

Sep 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints

By John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director,  CAIA Association The retirement crisis “plague” existed well before COVID-19. And yet, in a time that should have fostered unity for protection of human dignity and spirit, we’re perhaps more divided than ever. We’ve completely lost our ability to conduct civil discourse; our profession mustRead More


From impact intention to impact management: Are you ready for the change?

Sep 7th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Sara Olsen and David Pritchard of SVT Group and Yuwei Shi of Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey *Please take a moment to complete the brief survey at the conclusion of this article. Every investment generates or destroys social and environmental value, aside from financial return. One ofRead More


ESG Hedge Fund Managers and the Agency Problem

Sep 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, ESG, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

Economists in general, and scholars of finance in particular, have long been concerned with the “agency problem,” the conflict of interest inherent in any relationship where X is expected, and perhaps required by law or contract, to act in the best interest of Y. The problem exists because, for example,Read More


Traditional vs. Modern Approaches to Shipping Markets: Gut Instinct vs. Data-Driven 

Aug 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

By Richard Stephenson, CAIA – Executive Chairman at TonnEdge, and Director at Gestion Maritime Group Introduction by Alessandro Sanos, CAIA – Global Director, Commodities at Refinitiv Introduction With its silent efficiency, shipping is rarely in the spotlight. To the uninitiated, this industry could be perceived as a marginal market, butRead More


Don’t count on multiple expansion and leverage anymore

Aug 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Private Investments

By Wu Guowei Jack, CFA – Director of Content, APAC at CAIA Association Late Cycle Risks In the private markets world, the term “late cycle risks” has been much bandied about in recent years. A combination of high-entry multiples, high leverage, and a record amount of dry powder no doubtRead More


Putting 2020 into Perspective: Diversification May Work Better than You Think

Aug 6th, 2020 | Filed under: CAPM / Alpha Theory, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

By Rodney Sullivan, CFA, CAIA, Executive Director, University of Virginia Darden School of Business US recessions are typically accompanied by declines in stock market returns and, of course, 2020 has been no exception. We are once again reminded that investing is not easy leaving many investors to wonder how bestRead More


Will the DOL Decision on Private Equity Impact the Democratization of Alternative Investments?

Aug 4th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Rashad Kurbanov, CEO & Co-Founder at iownit capital and markets Alternative investments have been around for decades and have been a part of institutional investment portfolios for the majority of the time. Institutional investors have increasingly allocated their investment capital to these investments with an expectation that they willRead More


Hedge Funds and Private Equity—Building Bridges—Or Not

Jul 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Venture capital, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

Alternative investment managers were evolving in the context of changing market conditions even before the Covid-19 pandemic, although the virus has speeded up the process. What is emerging is an alternatives landscape where pure-play hedge funds will be rare. That is one of the conclusions of a new study byRead More


Politics, Religion, and…Private Equity?

Jul 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM, Associate Director of Content Development at CAIA Association Institutional investors have dramatically increased their allocations to alternative investments over the past few decades, including increased allocations to private equity. Private capital allocations remain highest in endowment portfolios, but other institutions, such as family offices andRead More


An ‘Alternative’ Safe-Haven

Jul 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Karl Rogers, ACE Capital Investments Abstract: The sovereign bond market has traditionally been a widely used tool for portfolio construction given its dual characteristics of returning a real yield with a negative correlation to equity markets – providing both a real return expectancy and portfolio protection. Given the zero-lower-boundRead More


SAVING THE WORLD BY ‘TECHNOLOGIZING’ INSTITUTIONAL INVESTMENT

Jun 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Institutional Investing, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Endowments & Foundations, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Machine Learning, Other Topics in A.I.

By Ashby Monk, Executive and Research Director at Global Projects Center, Stanford University & Dane Rook, Research Engineer at Global Projects Center, Stanford University “The world needs institutional investors to save society as we know it.” Say these words to your mother, and she may check your temperature; say them at aRead More


Pursuing Diversification with Cryptocurrencies

Jun 18th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Andrew Keenan, CAIA, CFA, CBP, Assistant Vice President – Valuation Risk and Control at Credit Suisse Overview The recent release of CAIA Association’s seminal report “The Next Decade of Alternative Investments: From Adolescence to Responsible Citizenship” underscored four key tenets for the investment industry to adhere to and emphasizeRead More


Next Customer!

Apr 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Our story starts with a former Eagle Scout known as Barber. While his name had absolutely nothing to do with his ultimate professional calling, Barber Conable did, perhaps unwittingly, become the Sweeney Todd of the defined benefit plan. Barber Conable lived a noble lifeRead More


Long Alpha and Activist Strategies 

Mar 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Hedge Funds

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 8, Issue 2 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 MembershipRead More


The Future is in the Hands of Private Debt Funds

Mar 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

A new analyst report looks at what is in store for the private markets given Covid-19, an impending economic slowdown, and energy price volatility. It argues that we are entering a bear different from other bears. This bear market may be part of a transition that will increase the roleRead More


Did Correlations Among Asset Classes Approach 1 During COVID-19 Crash?

Mar 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints

Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., CFA, Senior Advisor, CAIA Program Did correlations among asset classes approach one during COVID-19 Crash? The short answer is no. Did the benefits of diversification disappear? The short answer is no, again. During the last few weeks, several pundits have resurrected the old argument that, during increased market turbulence,Read More


‘Access to private capital benefits should not require premier status’

Mar 19th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management

John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director at CAIA Association “If the devil can quote Scripture, in his spare time he might be working on private capital return methodology.” So uttered Bill Elfers in 1995, founder of Greylock Capital and arguably modern venture capital itself. Eleven years later in 2006, HowardRead More


Diversification: The Only Free 3-Course Meal?

Mar 17th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM | Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Depending on the day this blogpost is published, equity markets could be up 10% or down 10%. I guess timing blogposts is just as hard as timing the market these days. We often refer to diversificationRead More


3 Threats to Hedge Funds

Mar 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Regulatory Environment, Liquid Alts, The A.I. Industry, Fees, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Allocating to A.I.

A recent paper by a scholar at Tilburg University and a market participant at Robeco outlines the difficulties that the hedge fund industry has faced over the last decade. These problems arose, at least in part, from the democratization of alternative investing. There are three important challenges to the hedgeRead More


Are the Robots Really Taking Over?

Mar 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 8, Issue 3 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 whileRead More


A Walk Through the Forest with Joe Simonian

Mar 4th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Machine Learning, Other Topics in A.I.

What Does Machine Learning Have to do with Fama and French? By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, CAIA Association “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what itRead More


Avoiding Silver Bullets

Feb 24th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, What about beta?, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM – Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Whether it’s that some retail versions of alternative investments have not lived up to their private counterparts, or that retail investors may be last in the buffet line for private placements, there are several arguments againstRead More


Big Data is a Big Deal

Feb 17th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, The A.I. Industry, Machine Learning

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association CAIA’s second webinar starring the authors of papers that are required readings for the FDP exam featured Gene Getman, CAIA, a client portfolio manager and product specialist for Lombard Odier Investment Managers. He detailed how LombardRead More


Making Your Portfolio About #Goals

Feb 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Central Issue of the Paper If you’re a social media junkie, you have probably seen “#goals” in your timeline. In most cases, the hashtag is referring to an attractive couple or an aesthetically pleasing plate of food.Read More


Lessons from CAIS 2020

Feb 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, Personalities in AI, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director at CAIA Association “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” (Mr. White to 007, Spectre) Despite the crystal blue island water, softly rolling Caribbean tide, and perfect skies outside the hotel all week, I opened my conference wrap-up panel reminding delegates forRead More


Climate: The ‘OUR’ Between Dog and Wolf

Feb 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While this week’s post may harken to a certain book written by John Coates, there is a different play on the metaphor at work here, with our wheezing planet spinning in the center. Consider the wolf: powerful, aggressive, and risk-seeking. The wolf is alsoRead More


Beyond the Meat; Beyond the Traditional

Feb 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, ESG, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Building the Burger I love when our industry uses analogies to describe investment concepts, so I must applaud one of the introductory pieces to JPMorgan’s 2020 Global Alternatives Outlook. In their introduction to the report, the authorsRead More


Alternative Data: A Road to Alpha

Feb 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

Investment management firms are increasingly hard-pressed to hedge away risks, increase alpha, and lower costs: a daunting agenda. One way of going about that is by knowing what is going on in the underlying markets more quickly than the competitors and counterparties do.  To that end: alternative data. Investment firms,Read More


An Alternative View of Manager Selection Risk

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM & Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, CAIA Association & CISDM This is a summary of the editor’s letter originally published in the Volume 8, Issue 4 of the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, a journal published by CAIA Association. The Problem with Studies Many studies onRead More


Alternative Investments: Investing By Numbers

Nov 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

What’s in the future for alternative investments asset management? A new publication from Ernst & Young, London, contends that allocations to alternative investments and are “robust,” but that there is an important shift underway in favor of private equity and at the expense of hedge funds. In 2018, 40% ofRead More


Democratization Without Education

Nov 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The American history buffs out there will know that we are just a few short weeks away from the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Back in 1773, the British government was deep in debt and decided the very best course was toRead More


Anatomy of an Upset

Sep 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Diane Harrison Everyone loves an underdog. While superheroes have their fans, there’s something about a dark horse or a comeback kid that generates support for a hard-won victory. Take the recent US Open tennis championship match between Serena Williams, the sports media’s proclaimed GOAT (Greatest of All Time) andRead More


Postcards from the Edge

Aug 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Regulatory Environment, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association As the calendar turns to August we are in the waning weeks of summer in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps it is a good time to turn to the mailbag to see who has been doing what in this halcyon season… From Jerome in DC Read More


Ramping Up a PE Allocation Over Time

Jul 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Risk management, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Private Investments

Many investors with long horizons are increasing their allocation to private equity funds: to extract the gains from managerial skill in that field, to reap the illiquidity premium, and simply to diversify. TIAA Endowment & Philanthropic Services has put out a paper on the creation and maintenance of a privateRead More


Restrictions on Pension Plan Investments: A Global Survey

Jul 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Derivatives, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Structured Products, Allocating to A.I.

A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development surveys the main quantitative investment restrictions to which pension funds and other pension providers are subject in both OECD countries and a selection of International Organization of Pension Supervisors’ (IOPS) member countries. It reminds us of the general desireRead More


Tick Size and High-Frequency Trading

Jul 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Business News, The A.I. Industry

A lot of hopes have been placed on changes in market tick sizes. In the 1990s there was a big push to reduce the tick sizes of securities, allowing them to get down to one cent or fractions thereof. In the new millennium came a sense of regret. Observers suspectedRead More


The Audacity of Opacity

Jul 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Consultants, Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, What about beta?, High-net-worth investors, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Why are we still talking about this? No, it’s not the central bankers and their insatiable easing tendencies, trade wars with China, or even the Women’s World Cup football match (sorry Netherlands!). These stories all make great headlines, drive news ratings, generate tickertape parades,Read More


SOS

Jul 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ask someone of a certain generation to name the most common worldwide distress signal, and they will likely come back with SOS. No surprise then that this same signal, borne from the Morse code, turns 111 years old on this date in history. MostRead More


Mind the Gap: The Unforeseen Consequences of Smart Beta

Jun 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, Liquid Alts, ETFs, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Sean Markowicz, a strategist at Schroders, looks into the possibility that fund flows into the assets generically called smart beta are having detrimental consequences for the financial system. It also sheds some light on investors’ bad timing regarding ETFs. The assets at issue are, according toRead More


Public to Private LBOs and Innovation

May 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Regulatory Environment, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

A new study considers the proposition that indebtedness can reduce innovation. It offers support for the view that indebtedness in a particular context reduces patent flow. But whether patent flow should be considered a good surrogate for innovation remains open to question. An argument that has long been aimed atRead More


HEDGE FUND ETFS: BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALS

May 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, The A.I. Industry, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Hedge Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION As Amazon has been decimating large parts of the retail industry over the last two decades, ETFs have done the equivalent to the mutual fund industry in the financial world. Today ETFs are covering nearly all areas of the markets, no matter howRead More


‘There You Go Again’

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


Price Discovery in the Bitcoin Markets

Apr 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, The A.I. Industry, Frontier markets, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

Tatja Karkkainen, a scholar on financial technology who is pursuing a PhD at the University of Glasgow, has written an illuminating paper on price discovery in the bitcoin markets. She begins with the observation that CBOE and CME introduced bitcoin futures in December 2017, “as the first institutional standard cryptocurrencyRead More