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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


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


What’s the Difference Between Momentum and Trend Following?

Jul 29th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds

By Alex Botte, CFA, CAIA, Vice President, Two Sigma At the end of 2019, Two Sigma’s Venn platform added three new macro style factors to its risk model, the Two Sigma Factor Lens: Fixed Income Carry, Foreign Exchange Carry, and Trend Following. The first two factors are meant to capture anRead 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


Global Macro: Masters of the Universe?

Jul 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Hedge Funds

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a popular TV cartoon show in the 1980s, where a handsome Prince Adam was battling the evil Skeletor for control of the universe. Each time Prince Adam held the Sword of Power and boomed “ByRead More


Technology: Aiding and Abetting the Democratization of Alternative Investments

Jul 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Fintech, Venture capital, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Other Issues in Private Investments, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent working paper for the European Corporate Governance Institute maintains that technology has the potential to make hedge funds and private equity more accessible to the retail investor. The paper, by Omololu Bajulaiye of Tilburg University, along with some other scholars begins with the non-controversial proposition that venture capital,Read 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


The Test and The Bet

Jun 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Hedge Funds

By Shreekant Daga, CAIA, CFA, FRM | Associate Director, Liaison Office, India | CAIA Association Sporting incidents at times draw similarities to financial matters. The below write-up compares and contracts one of the most famous cricket test matches and a Wall Street bet with a financial investment lens. The blog post takes form of aRead 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 A.I. Industry, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

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


Hedge Funds and 2 Economic Crises: Focus on Systematic and Algorithmic Hedge Funds

May 28th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

By Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, Senior Advisor at CAIA Association During the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the role of hedge funds and their potential to provide significant downside protection was hotly debated. The same debate has resurfaced earlier this year again when markets for risky assets experience double-digit declines withinRead More


Time-varying Equity Volatility Markedly Affects Hedge Fund Performance

May 19th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Risk management, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Masao Matsuda, CAIA, FRM, Founder, Crossgates Investment and Risk Management One would think hedge funds can weather market gyrations better than long-only equity investments as hedge funds have greater flexibility in determining the levels of market exposure.  However, while some individual hedge funds may have been successful in adverse marketRead More


Hedge Funds Between the Economics Crises

May 7th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Newly Added, Indexes, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., CFA, Senior Advisor, CAIA Program Introduction The performance of hedge funds since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has been hotly debated in both industry and academic studies. There is strong evidence that the GFC had a profound impact on the structure and the relative performance of theRead More


Back(wardization) to the Future

May 3rd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Indexes, What about beta?, Hedge Funds

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM – Associate Director of Content Development at CAIA Association In the title reference, the character Dr. Emmett Brown says this about a bolt of lightning: “Unfortunately, you never know when or where it is ever gonna strike.” Frame of reference is everything when itRead More


MERGER ARBITRAGE: ARBITRAGED AWAY?

Apr 30th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. 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


Peeling Back the Wrapper of Hedge Fund Strategies

Apr 13th, 2020 | Filed under: CAPM / Alpha Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, Alpha & Beta, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Liquid Alts, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Hedge Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association During CAIA Association’s most recent Virtual Chapter event, Keith and I (virtually) sat down with Chris Tidmore, CFA, CPA at The Vanguard Group to discuss Vanguard’s recent whitepaper, “The Wrapper Matters: Comparing Liquid Alternatives to Hedge Funds”Read More


Hedge Funds, Sustainable Investing, and the Data Gap

Apr 12th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

KPMG and CREATE have collaborated on a new report on the involvement of hedge funds in sustainable investing, which they define as investing that aims at three interlocking results: avoid harm and mitigate ESG risks; benefit all stakeholders; and contribute solutions to societal problems. The involvement of hedge funds inRead 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


THOU SHALL NOT SHORT THE VIX

Mar 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Scratching the surface of most people’s knowledge often does not reveal depth, but a lack thereof. When the former US Democratic candidates Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar were asked to name Mexico’s president, who is one the key counterparties for any US president,Read More


Diversification Strikes Back!

Mar 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association, and Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy at CAIA Association “Diversification is back” – now that’s not a phrase we’ve heard in a long time…long time. Considering recent market performance, we thought thatRead 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


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


Alpha Comes in Waves

Feb 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Commodities, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

The brief history of replication funds may already be divided into three waves, the third of which is still in formation. The first wave was about democratization: putting hedge fund strategies in the hands of people who cannot meet the accreditation requirements to invest in hedge funds proper, or ofRead More


The Future of Hedge Fund Fees

Feb 18th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Fees, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

We can, in a speculative mood, ask ourselves, “Will hedge fund fees continue to drop or have they reached an equilibrium after the decline of recent years?” But it would be better to ask instead “whose fees?” For talk of the “average” fee hides the fact that discounting for volume,Read 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


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


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


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


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


Icahn, HP and Xerox: The Story Remains the Same

Jan 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

A long-running drama continues over Xerox’ desire to buy HP. Xerox upped the ante early in the new year, announcing that it has secured binding financing commitments in the amount of $24 million. The dispute, with long-time shareholder activist Carl Icahn at its center, shows that: (a) the corporate worldRead More


Hedge Fund Investors Respond to the Turning of the Business Cycle

Jan 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments

It is reasonable to expect that a diversified hedge fund portfolio will make more modest returns in 2020 than it did in 2019, according to Agecroft Partners, which has done its usual January crystal-ball gazing on the new year, looking for the top industry trends and how they may playRead More


Shorting NMC Health: The Waters are Muddy

Jan 7th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

NMC Health, an Abu Dhabi-based firm listed on the London Stock Exchange, has suffered a sharp loss in value as a consequence of its dispute with a forensic short seller, Carson Block, the man behind Muddy Waters Research. Block has bet against the stock because he believes that it isRead More


Europe’s Hedge Fund Numbers Growing Again

Jan 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

Eurekahedge’s latest monthly report includes a special section on the key trends in European hedge funds. It tells us that the total number of European hedge funds grew in 2019, after a decline in each of the four years before (2015 – 2018). In other words, although in recent yearsRead More


Start Your Algorithms: Speed is Good Again, or is it?

Dec 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Fintech, Alpha Strategies, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

Until the final days of 2019, it has been a quiet year for high-frequency trading-related news. The whole concept of a trade executed in nanoseconds, and the related concept of a trading program managed with only sporadic human intervention or oversight, have all faded into background assumptions. What remains isRead More


High-frequency Trading: More Flash to Come

Dec 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Newly Added, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

There has been little “news” about high frequency trading in 2019. On the one hand that silence, as a certain famous detective might say, is “the curious incident.” On the other hand, the period of silence, like the year 2019 itself, may be ending. To get to both points, weRead More


Commodities:Waiting for a Paradigm Shift

Dec 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, The A.I. Industry, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Finance & Economics

Ray Dalio, in reference to the current financial scene, with its long period of expansion over more than a decade has said, “This set of circumstances is unsustainable and certainly can no longer be pushed…[which] is why I believe that the world is approaching a big paradigm shift.” Dalio hasRead More


Ebenezer Scrooge: An Alternative View

Dec 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ebenezer Scrooge was not exactly a cuddly CEO. The way he treated poor Bob Cratchit alone would not have exactly put Scrooge & Marley Ltd. in the top quartile of the Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings, as he routinely gutted any notion of social responsibility.Read More


The Imminent Demise of the LNG/Crude Oil Link

Dec 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, oil, Commodities: Examples, Energy, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Commodities

Liquified natural gas has long been sold through long-term contracts that are benchmarked to the price of crude oil. This makes a certain intuitive sense. The two commodities are in many contexts substitutes, so that one would expect a rise in the prices of one to inspire an echoing riseRead More


Report: Convertible Bonds Attractive for 2020

Dec 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

A new report from Schroders looks at global convertible bonds, instruments that straddle the boundaries of debt/equity/derivatives. It tells us—in a discussion that might be of interest to the portfolio managers of relative value hedge funds—that these bonds have come back into fashion due to the higher volatility of 2019Read More


A Critique of (Non-forensic) Short Selling

Dec 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

In a new paper, three quants with Robeco suggest that the “short” side of the activity of many long/short equity trades is pointless. These quants are David Blitz, Guido Baltussen, who is also affiliated with Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and Pim Van Vliet. They have broken down the common equity factorRead More


Pairs Trading Suggested for Energy Stocks

Dec 11th, 2019 | Filed under: CAPM / Alpha Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, ETFs, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

Carlos Salas Najera, of the New York City Data Science Academy, has tested an old idea (pairs trading) for a strategy that could be tailored to energy stocks and related ETFs. The resulting paper is “Pairs Trading and VAR Analysis Applied to Energy Stocks.” His latest paper, though, has aRead More


Investment Management: Time for New Leaders and Exiting Comfort Zones

Dec 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Disruption is the trend of the moment in many industries and the investment world is no exception. Deloitte Insights has just posted an article that takes a comprehensive look at the investment world today, traditional and alternative. Its theme is that this world is in search of new leadership andRead More


Hedge Funds and the Value of Diversity and Inclusion

Dec 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Newly Added, Asset Managers, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

The Alternative Investment Management Association, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, has prepared a paper on inclusion and diversity in the hedge fund industry. The paper begins fittingly with a quotation from Eileen Murray, co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates, who says: “We are fortunate today that people understand that companies doRead More


Looking for Bias: Hedge Funds, Funds of Funds and Prime Brokers

Nov 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Funds of Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

Prime brokers help funds of hedge funds identify hedge funds, which creates what the authors of a new paper call a PB bias. This means that portfolios are overweighted to the hedge funds serviced by the connected prime brokers. The scholars tested (and confirmed) the intuitive hypothesis that the biasRead More


Hedge Fund Flows Fall Flat in October

Nov 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Indexes, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.31% in October. However, it doesn’t measure up to the market next to the MSCI ACWI (Local), which ended October up 1.93%. Eurekahedge’s latest monthly report observes that US-China trade talks resumed, and this led to a certain tentative optimism. Since those areRead More


Icahn Loses Match: Knocked Out on A Books-and-Records Issue

Nov 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds

The phrase “books and records” hardly suggests excitement. Yet, the cliched corporate lawyers’ phrase is not without payoff, either. Activist hedge funds are always interested in ammunition that will help them shake up entrenched managements and unlock value. The question often arises during the resultant fights: when does an activist/dissidentRead 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