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Understanding the Limitations of Liquid Alternatives

Jul 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Alternative Mutual Funds, 130/30, Liquid Alts, Alternative Investments in Context, Smart Beta, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Allocating to A.I.

By Shana Sissel, CAIA, Spotlight Asset Group More than a decade ago the world of alternative investments witnessed hedge-fund-inspired Investment Act of 1940 (40 Act) funds appear on the scene. Much like their private alternative counterparts, liquid alternatives offer valuable diversification benefits within traditional portfolios, but it’s important to keepRead More


Seeking to Predict Recessions? Focus on the Forest—Not the Trees

Jul 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, Machine Learning, Other Topics in A.I.

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, CAIA Association The FDP Institute recently spoke with Al Yazdani, the chief data scientist and founder of Calcolo Analytics, regarding his forthcoming article in the Journal of Financial Data Science: “Machine Learning Prediction of Recessions: An Imbalanced Classification Approach.” The authorRead More


Socially Distant Inflation

Jul 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, Finance & Economics

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP As the COVID-19 lockdowns start to ease across the country, governmental entities often have phased approaches for opening. Smaller crowds, smaller businesses, and more socially distanced activities are the first to reopen. It may take until 2021, at the earliest, to return toRead More


FINANCIAL RETURNS IN REWARD-BASED CROWDFUNDING

Jul 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Venture capital, Crowdfunding, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Emerging Alternative Investments, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Victoria Dobrynskaya, PhD, associate professor of Finance at National Research University Higher School of Economics Investments in reward-based crowdfunding campaigns give backers a variety of benefits, such as enjoyment in participating in a creation of a new product, being a part of a similar-minded community, altruistic pleasure of helpingRead More


The Inflation-Deflation Debate and its Implication for Asset Allocation 

Jun 28th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Alan Dunne, Managing Director, Abbey Capital One of the key questions facing investors at the moment is whether inflation or deflation represents the bigger risk for the coming years. Economists are split on this and one of the reasons for the uncertainty is that COVID-19 represents both a supplyRead More


Variance Risk Premium: What Premium?

Jun 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Alternative Investments in Context, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Investing is akin to fighting in the forever war. There are long periods of peace and prosperity, but investors are frequently drawn into short-term combat, extended battles, and multi-year wars. And the cycle repeats over and over. For some of the foot soldiers,Read More


CRE Debt & the Downturn: What’s Next?

Jun 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Derivatives, Newly Added, Credit Derivatives, Alternative Investments in Context, Structured Products, Other Topics in A.I.

By Matt Malone, Managing Director, Real Estate and Andrew Korz, Associate, Investment Research, FS Investments As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world, it has become clear that the necessary steps being taken by governments to protect human life have thrust the global economy into a recession. In theRead More


The Allusivity Premium

Jun 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, What about beta?, Liquid Alts, Alternative Investments in Context, Smart Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Since this What About Beta column started about two years and almost 75 entries ago, the goal has always been to take a CAIA article, a relevant news story, or an industry trend and amplify it, replete with an occasional catchy title, and maybeRead 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


How Often Do Investors Google ‘Climate Change’?

Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Climate change, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark  have devised what they call a “text-based sustainability sentiment measure,” that is, a quantification of when and to what extent concerns about climate change are rising amongst investors, with a likely consequence for the success of an ESG-oriented trading policy. The authors areRead More


Data Scientists Should Do Drugs!

May 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, Machine Learning, Other Topics in A.I.

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP Now that this attention-grabbing headline has drawn you in, let me clarify. Data scientists should not partake in illegal drugs. Data scientists should participate in pharmacological research, as artificial intelligence and machine learning can add value, even when the data scientist does notRead 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


Machine Learning, Quant Models, and ESG factors: Who Uses Them and What Data Do They Mine?

Apr 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, ESG, Machine Learning, Other Topics in A.I.

Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association CAIA Association and FDP Institute recently had a conversation with Mike Chen and George Mussalli. Dr. Chen is the director of equity investments and Mr. Mussalli is the managing director and CIO of equity investments at PanAgora.Read More


Using Alternative Data and Machine Learning in Alternative Asset Classes

Mar 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Alternative data, Fintech, Risk management, Technology, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Machine Learning, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association Michael Oliver Weinberg and Peter Strikwerda work at the Dutch pension fund APG and serve as the head of hedge funds and alternative alpha and the global head of digital and innovation, respectively. CAIA Association and FDPRead More


The Perils of Late-Cycle Investing

Feb 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Credit Derivatives, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Structured Credit Products, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Structured Products

It is widely believed that much of the world is now experiencing the late stages of a bull market. There will be a downturn because no tree grows to the sky. Forecasting the nature and severity of the coming downturn is tricky, but perhaps that is not the right question.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


Leery Funk’s Open Letter to Sovereign Leaders

Jan 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO In the interest of brevity, I am going to skip the salutation and get right to the heart of the matter. As my name implies, I am Leery of the lofty promises that depend on solving our long-term problems and I do remain inRead More


False Positives and Machine Learning

Jan 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: CTA, Newly Added, Alternative data, Fintech, Risk management, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

There is a high rate of failure among quant funds. These include smart beta, factor investing, statistical arbitrage, and CTAs. Such false positive strategies are a widespread industry problem. Since psychiatrists have long traded on the ability of the human mind to find an elaborate narrative in a random inkRead More


Hope May Not Be a Strategy…But Neither is a 60/40

Jan 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Guest Contributor Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development The death of the 60/40 may be a welcome change for multi-asset investors who understand that exposure to risk premia is perhaps a far better long-term investment strategy. Diversification remains an important facet of asset allocation, but weRead More


The Dog Days of… print(“Season is”,season)

Jan 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Industry Size & Managers, Alternative data, Fintech, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association As a global organization, it is pleasing to know there is always a CAIA Association Member, somewhere in the world, enjoying the dog days of summer. Although we can’t get Portfolio Management Research to recognize the Southern Hemisphere of seasons on the cover 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


Whatfore Art Thou Use of Alt-data?

Aug 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, What about beta?, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Allocating to A.I.

Shakespeare’s Juliet once famously asked “what’s in a name?” If you know the play, she was talking about roses and how they would smell as sweet, even if they had an alternative name. Would her modern-day self not ask the same about data? And what makes today’s alt-data different fromRead 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


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


It’s YOUR Reputation; Time to Beale With It! 

Jun 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The satirical movie Network was released almost 40 years ago. The character Howard Beale, played by the actor Peter Finch, is one of the more enduring legacies of this film. He is a news anchor for the UBS Network, and he is to be terminated in two weeks for fallingRead 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


IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Apr 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison Spring represents a fresh opportunity for investors and fund managers to have meaningful discussions about each other’s needs and solutions. Both parties want to arrive at congruence; sadly, the getting there often brings conversational hiccups and missed opportunities. Managers new to the business of talking to investorsRead More


McKinsey on Mainstream Private Markets

Apr 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

The 2019 edition of McKinsey’s annual review of private investment markets is now available. One of the themes of the new edition is that private markets have gone mainstream. Since 2002, private equity’s net asset value has grown twice as fast as global public equities. Looking at that growth fromRead More


Let WSYD Be Your Guide 

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


Frame It- Painting A Picture Investors Want To See

Apr 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Diane Harrison Hedge fund investors and marketers seem glad to let go of 2018 and its disappointing finish, down 3.41%, a marked decline from 2017’s 11.99% gain. And yet, 2019 markets started the year with an upswing, reflecting the hope that springs eternal in capital raising. Alternatives managers willRead More


Are Data Scientists the ‘New’ Rockstars?

Mar 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Operations, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management & Operations

Daniel Hill, a research analyst for the global equity team at William Blair, has written an insightful piece about the hot competition for data scientists underway in the alpha-seeking world today.  Hill begins with the observation that there are lots of different buzzwords, hashtag-worthy words and phrases, at use inRead More


The Survey Says… 

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


ETF Arbitrage and Its Consequences

Jan 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Ilias Filippou and two other scholars looks at ETF arbitrage. This is a trading strategy that plays off of discrepancies between the value of the exchange-traded funds on the one hand and the value of their underlying stocks on the other. ETF arb is not new,Read More


Hedge Habits to Leave Behind in 2018

Dec 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context

By Diane Harrison Before setting resolutions for 2019, December provides managers and investors with a good time to break bad habits endemic to the hedge fund community. There’s no shortage of subjects where these practices lurk, but here are five suggestions on habits to leave behind in 2018. ONE: DON’TRead More


10 Years Later: Reflections on the Madoff Meltdown

Dec 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Insolvency, Regulatory Environment, Legislation/Court rulings, Alternative Investments in Context, Business News, The A.I. Industry

It was just about 10 years ago (Dec. 10, 2008) that Bernie Madoff acknowledged to his sons, Mark and Andrew, that he had “absolutely nothing left” of the funds that had been entrusted to him; that the investment fund that bore his name was “just one big lie.” There isRead More


The Wright Stuff

Dec 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, 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


Jeff Diehl: The View from SuperReturn Japan 2018, Part II

Dec 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

On Dec. 6, in Tokyo, Japan, the SuperReturn Japan 2018 event concluded. CAIA was a sponsor of this event, which was billed as “the world’s gateway to Japanese private equity and venture capital.” This is the second part and conclusion of our interview with Jeff Diehl, managing director at AdamsRead More


Panayiotis Lambropoulos: The View from a Public Pension Manager’s Office

Nov 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

On Nov. 13, the 24th Annual National Pension and Institutional Investment Summit convenes in Dallas Texas. CAIA is a sponsor of this event. Panayiotis Lambropoulos, portfolio manager of hedge funds at the Employees Retirement System of Texas, will offer his insights at a panel on emerging hedge fund managers. Lambropoulos’Read More


Substance Over Form

Oct 1st, 2018 | Filed under: Investor Relations, Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry

By Diane Harrison In the final months of 2018, a mid-term election year here in the U.S., rhetoric is forming and tempers are soaring as candidates try to create narratives that suit their political objectives. It calls to mind the phrase “form over substance,” where what is said often bearsRead More


The View from Las Vegas: Quiet Buying? Aggressive Buying?

Sep 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Emerging markets, Digital currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, Commodities: Examples, The A.I. Industry, Gold, Commodities, Emerging Alternative Investments, Personalities in AI

On Sept. 24, the 9th Annual Inside Alternatives and Asset Allocation event convenes at Wynn Las Vegas, with CAIA sponsorship. The purpose of the event: to look beyond traditional alternative investments and strategies, to take the measure of a new breed of alternatives, including impact/SRIs, cryptocurrencies, and the application ofRead More


Ben Graham Conference at Fordham: Value Very Much Alive

Jul 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management & Operations

The fifth Ben Graham Annual Conference, the marquee event of the CFA Society New York, took place as scheduled on June 27, at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. As its name suggests, this conference is intended to promote, and to share ideas about the application of, the investment principles of BenjaminRead More


AIMA’s Vision Statement from Hedge Fund Industry Leaders

Apr 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I.

Some of the leading figures in the alt investment industry have put their dignified heads together and created a vision statement, called “Perspectives: Industry Leaders on the Future of the Hedge Fund Industry.” The gist of the paper is that firms in the industry are quickly adapting to contemporary conditionsRead More


Be Fearful When Everyone is Greedy

Apr 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

A new report from Context Capital Partners looks into trends in the alternative investments industry, both among institutions and family offices. It finds continued strong demand for alt investments, as well as a rising demand within the alt world for such emerging strategies as cryptocurrency investments and environmental, social, andRead More


Firms of the Near Future: Process and Product Innovators

Jan 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, 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


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

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

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


Alternative Investments in Target Date Funds

Oct 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry

Vanguard, the manager of about 370 low cost traditional funds and ETFs, and an institution famously associated with low cost retail investing, has made public a new paper on the inclusion of alternative investments in target date funds. It isn’t enamored of the idea. Target date funds (TDFs), otherwise knownRead More


Investor Sentiment: Fees, Redemptions, Structures

Sep 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Credit Suisse, in its new report on its mid-year survey of hedge fund investor sentiment, says that there is “continued appetite to allocate to hedge funds” and that there is increased interest, especially, in quantitative strategies. Specifically, 81% of investors say that they will likely make allocations to hedge fundsRead More