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Are Investors Overpaying for Liquidity With Residential MBS Bonds?

Mar 26th, 2021 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, The Alts Industry

By Jan Brzeski, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Arixa Capital Investors are desperate for yield, a fact that is well known by investment professionals everywhere. Yields have trended down steadily for decades, causing Wall Street to look further and further from the mainstream to find new types of loans toRead More


Bitcoin and Ethereum Derivatives – A First Step for Institutions?

Mar 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, What about beta?, Digital currencies, The Alts Industry, Commodities

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association In February 2020, IPE asked whether the $200 billion cryptocurrency market was of interest to institutional investors. While the premise was tempting, few institutions made the allocation, due to challenges and uncertainty in custody while questioningRead More


Alternative Data: The Gateway to Global Markets

Mar 21st, 2021 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Alts Industry

By Tom Nigro, Head of North America at GTCOM-US The COVID-19 pandemic and its vast impact have pushed businesses in all industries to adapt. When it comes to the investment landscape, we’ve seen an influx of data-driven investors and analysts looking to increase the sheer level of information they’re utilizingRead More


Exploring the Potential of Tokenisation in Alternative Investments

Mar 18th, 2021 | Filed under: Newly Added, Digital currencies, The Alts Industry, Private Investments, Real Assets

By Joanne Murphy, Managing Director, APAC, CAIA Association and Wu Guowei Jack, CFA, Director, Content APAC, CAIA Association Retail investors increasingly understand the risk profile associated with alternative investments and are interested in actively allocating to them. They are also more willing to lock up their capital for the longerRead More


Real Estate Debt and Sustainability

Mar 14th, 2021 | Filed under: Real Estate, Infrastructure, Industry Size & Managers, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, ESG, Climate change, Real Estate Equity Investments

A new report from two executives at Aviva Investors, the global asset manager that is part of the UK-based Aviva Group, looks at real estate debt as a way to play the transition to a low-emissions or even a no-net-emissions world. One key source of value here is that theRead More


The Art of Due Diligence, Part II: The Good News for Emerging Managers

Mar 2nd, 2021 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Operations, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

By Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy, CAIA Association, and Mark S. Rzepczynski, PhD, CEO, AMPHI Research and Trading Managing alternative assets is especially competitive for small and emerging managers. At the end of 2020, HFR data shows that the private hedge fund industry had $3.6Read More


Hedging Your Bets on Cryptocurrencies

Feb 14th, 2021 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments

What is the most effective proxy-hedging instrument for the Bitcoin/USD market? A recent study by Dominique Guegan, affiliated with Université Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and two other scholars tackles this question. The study reaches no definitive conclusion, except the negative one that there is no way Bitcoin can be “fully hedged becauseRead More


The Rationale for Investing in Exotic Alternative Investments Today

Feb 9th, 2021 | Filed under: Newly Added, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Alternative Investments in Context, The Alts Industry, Private Investments

By Kevin R. Mirabile, CPA, DPS  The current rationale for investing in exotic alternative investments is based on a combination of stand-alone returns, risks and portfolio effects. Today, exotic alternative investments offer investors an opportunity to achieve many of the stand-alone and portfolio benefits that hedge funds and other typesRead More


Improving Time Travel in Long-Term Investing

Feb 4th, 2021 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Alternative Investments in Context

By Ashby Monk and Dane Rook, Stanford Global Projects Center To succeed at investing, you must master time travel.[i] You need to be proficient at beaming yourself into a hypothetical future, and then analyzing the best route to get “there” from the actual “now.” And the route itself is crucial:Read More


Finally, Hindsight Is 2020

Jan 3rd, 2021 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Other Topics in Alts

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, FDP – Director, Global Content Development at CAIA Association Well…we made it. This has been the longest decade year of our lives. Whether it’s been personal or professional circumstances, or simply having been an investor in this market, none of us could escape theRead More


European Green Deal: Towards a Zero-Carbon Urban Environment (Part 4)

Dec 3rd, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Infrastructure, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Climate change, Emerging Alternative Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Part 4: Real Estate Developers: Hostage of Trophy Hunting Investors & Certification Standards? By Christos Angelis, CAIA – Director at Masterdam This is the fourth article in this series. Please read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. THE RELEVANCE OF THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL FOR DEVELOPERS Real estate development in the EuropeanRead More


Starting Early: The Growing Need for Financial Literacy in the United States

Nov 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context, Allocating to Alts, Other Topics in Alts

Dr. Greg Filbeck, CFA, FRM, CAIA, CIPM, PRM Investors are increasingly looking toward the private markets as an output for their investment dollars to increase risk-adjusted performance. Historically, such direct investment required an investor to qualify as an accredited investor. Recently, guidelines to qualify as an accredited investor have broadenedRead More


Markets in the Rear-View Mirror: COVID-19 Collision

Nov 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, Economics, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Mike Nigro, Managing Director and Head of Client Solutions Research at Two Sigma and Doris Bao, FRM, Quantitative Researcher on the Client Solutions Research team at Two Sigma During recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the world, causing devastating damage to the global economy. The world is nowRead More


Micro Financing as a Sustainable Investment

Oct 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Microfinance, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in Alts

Micro finance is a very contested subject within the realm of ESG investing. The idea, for which a Bangladeshi, Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, is that very small loans to very small-scale entrepreneurs within large populations that have historically gone unbanked, and in particular that haveRead More


The Kudlow Report(s)

Oct 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Alternative data, What about beta?, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Investments in Context, Machine Learning, Other Topics in Alts

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Maybe Howard Marks was right when he wrote about Investing Without People. In that memo he talks about the machine which can largely excel at anything that is quantitative and can be counted: in games like chess and Go, the machine can study andRead More


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 Alts

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 Alts

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


European Green Deal: Towards a Zero-carbon Urban Environment

Oct 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets

Part 2: Real Estate Owners: Moral Obligation versus Economic Benefit CHRISTOS ANGELIS, CAIA – Director at Masterdam This is the second article in this series. For Part 1, please click here. EUROPEAN RENOVATION WAVE The European Green Deal (EGD)[i] is paving the way for stricter regulations and more applied measuresRead 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 Alts

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


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


Retirement’s Mid-Life Crisis

Sep 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to Alts

By Rob Croce, PhD – Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Mellon & Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM – Associate Director of Content Development at CAIA Association In 2000, United States 10-year government bonds rates were 6% and the median U.S. public pension plan had an actuarial return assumption ofRead More


CONNECTING THE DOTS WITH AI AND KNOWLEDGE GRAPHS

Sep 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Machine Learning, Other Topics in Alts

By Mehrzad Mahdavi, PhD, Executive Director, FDP Institute Imagine if your social media posts or articles were generated automatically by AI as if they were authored by you…well, that day is here! The next generation of NLP called “Generative Pre-trained Transformer, third generation”, or GPT-3, was recently released for betaRead More


Size, Expertise, and What Really Matters in Fund Selection

Sep 15th, 2020 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Institutional Investing

Lydia Ofori, CFA, CAIA Chief Executive Officer at Victoria Lion Partners Private assets have come of age, in part thanks to an over stretched liquid market which has led to little or no room for alpha generation, and also due to a growing familiarity of the concept of private ownershipRead More


What If Bob Ross Was a Portfolio Manager?

Sep 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, What about beta?, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in Alts

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association If you’ve ever watched an old Bob Ross video, you’ve probably felt a combination of relaxation and, in many cases, exasperation… “how does he do that so effortlessly?!” While there are rarely “happy accidents” in investing, IRead 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 Alts

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


EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL: TOWARDS A ZERO-CARBON URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Aug 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Macroeconomics, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in Alts

Part 1 of a multi-part series: The Role of the EU, National Governments & Local Authorities By Christos Angelis, CAIA – Director at Masterdam INTRODUCTION In light of the exciting developments in the European Union regarding the European Green Deal (EGD)[1] presented in the end of 2019, it would beRead 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 Alts

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


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 Alts

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


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 Alts 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


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 Alts

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


Change is in the Air, But Will It Stay?

Jul 7th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Alts Industry, Personalities in AI

By Debbie McLean, Managing Director of Global Relations at CAIA Association I’m one of five women in my family who attended an all-women’s college. Mount Holyoke was established 183 years ago to be the “Harvard equivalent” for women who were not allowed to attend the prestigious university perched on theRead 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 Alts

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 Alts, 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 Alts

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 Alts

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 Alts

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 Alts

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


Stat Arb, Algos and the Difference Between Cats and Dogs

Jun 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Artificial Intelligence, Business News, The Alts Industry, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in Alts

A co-founder of Quantigic Solutions has presented what he calls “the freshmanlevel” answer to the question: why did dollar-neutral quant trading strategies, such as equities stat arb, fail so markedly during the COVID-19 market sell-off? Zura Kakushadze, a professor at the Free University of Tblisi, is on reasonably solid groundRead 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 Alts

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


Model Risk Management as Algo Trading Expands

May 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The Alts Industry, Machine Learning, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in Alts

The FICC Market Standards Board Ltd. (FMSB) is a London-based standards body for participants in the wholesale fixed income, currencies, and commodities (FICC) markets. It has been looking into the root causes of market misconduct, and pursuant to that research it recently published a report on the “themes and challenges”Read More


ETFs, Systemic Risks, and a Real-Time Test

May 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Liquid Alts, ETFs, The Alts Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments

ETFs are one of the routes by which once alternative and elite-access-only strategies have become democratized or gone retail. As a result of this trend, we have synthetic ETFs, smart beta ETFs, leveraged ETFs, and inverse ETFs. A recent study study provides some reassurance about concerns that have motivated kickbackRead More


MERGER ARBITRAGE: ARBITRAGED AWAY?

Apr 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Alts Industry, Hedge Funds

By Nicolas Rabener, @FactorResearch INTRODUCTION Working in the restructuring team of a corporate finance boutique is like being a trader focused on short-selling. Most money is made when companies falter, and stocks turn bearish. A restructurer’s cyclical counterpart is the ever-optimistic merger & acquisition (M&A) banker that thrives when theRead More


The Data, the Virus, and the Rebound

Apr 28th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Alts Industry, Finance & Economics

A new paper from Loomis Sayles, a subsidiary of Natixis Global Asset Management, discusses the data, and the sort of data, that may tell investors and traders what are the likely effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in however many mutations there may be. A familiar metaphor in such discussions isRead More


Oil Prices Went Where?

Apr 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Commodities, Newly Added, oil, Commodities: Examples, The Alts Industry, Commodities

By Adam A. Rozencwajg, CFA, Managing Partner, Geohring & Rozencwajg Oil prices joined bond yields in doing the unthinkable: trading at negative levels. In the case of oil, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) May 2020 contract reached a low of -$40.32 at 2:24 pm before rallying back to finish the day atRead More


Major PE/VC Firms Back New Approaches to Quantum Computing

Apr 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The Alts Industry, Private Investments, Other Topics in Alts

In October 2019, Google announced quantum supremacy: the creation of a special-purpose computer using quantum processors that could perform a calculation impossible for a digital computer. A computer Google named Sycamore resolved in just three minutes a computational challenge that would have required a digital computer 10,000 years. Remarkable asRead More


Time-varying Volatility Adds a Critical Dimension to Diversification

Apr 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, The Alts Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to Alts

By Masao Matsuda, CAIA, FRM, Founder, Crossgates Investment and Risk Management In January 2020, the CAIA New York Chapter organized an event titled “Volatility? Downside Protection? Asset Allocation & Factor Management Tools for the Coming Decade.”[i] In retrospect, the event was uncannily prescient, as just a few months into the newRead 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


The Algorithms that will Find the ESG Tipping Point

Apr 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, ESG, The Alts Industry, Machine Learning, Other Topics in Alts

A recent literature review conveys the state of scholarly understanding of ESG alpha.It also discusses how machine learning may help alternatives managers to track, and at the right time to pounce upon, a critical tipping point. Joachim Erhardt, a managing director at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) and an independent scholar, startsRead More