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ETFs, Systemic Risks, and a Real-Time Test

May 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Liquid Alts, ETFs, The A.I. 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


Wall Street Tackles Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

In 2015 the United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals [no poverty, no hunger, health & well-being, etc.] along with 169 targets that were devised to allow for quantitative measurement of progress. It also set 2030 as the bull’s eye for the attainment of the goals. Since governments alone areRead 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


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 Case for ESG as a Performance Additive

Feb 4th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Other Topics in A.I.

Sustainability-sensitive investing has a net positive impact on performance, according to a paper released by Robeco. According to the paper written by Chris Berkouwer, a Robeco equity analyst, ESG was responsible for 20% of the outperformance of a Robeco fund over a period of three years. His findings are presentedRead 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


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


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


Spoti-sly

Sep 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Business News, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association How do you turn a millennial into a capitalist? Sell her SNAP in the post-IPO market. A little hindsight here shows how ridiculous this all looked. The initial sellers of the shares were the founders and their VCs (just under 30% of the offering),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


What Do Owners Think of Smart Beta Strategies?

Jun 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Other Topics in A.I.

FTSE Russell has posted its sixth annual survey of global asset owners’ views of smart beta. Smart beta is a strategy that uses indexes, but that is not traditionally cap-weighted, that is, one where the construction of the index itself incorporates the investment strategy, capturing investment factors or market inefficiencies.Read 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


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


Canadian Mutual Funds Readying to Launch Liquid Alternatives

Nov 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

Scotiabank recently released what it calls a “high-level guide for mutual fund companies interested in launching liquid alternative products.” The creation of this guide was stimulated by a reform of the regulations of the Canadian Securities Administrators, aimed at making liquid alternatives more readily available to investors in Canada. OnRead More


Active Management, the Business Cycle, and the Silk Road

Jul 31st, 2018 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alpha & Beta, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

LPL Financial’s 2018 Forum Conference for investors took place in Boston this week, Sunday through Tuesday. This is an annual event that brings together thousands of advisors and program managers to discuss industry issues and new products. LPL is an independent broker-dealer headquartered in Boston, with offices in Fort Mill,Read More


DON’T FEAR THE ROBO!

Apr 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added

By Diane Harrison Technology advances have infiltrated every corner of finance, including the world of wealth management. While few can argue with the positives of automated, algorithm-based portfolio management platforms, the advent of the cost-efficient, dispassionate robo-advisor has struck fear into the heart of many a financial advisor and fundRead More


Can We All Participate in The Next Unicorn?

Aug 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Crowdfunding, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 6, Issue 1 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 while archived issues are available to the public in the Perspectives section atRead More


Active vs. Passive Money Management

Apr 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Baird’s Asset Manager Research Exploring the costs and benefits of two alternative investment approaches Synopsis Proponents of active and passive investment management styles have made exhaustive and valid arguments for and against both approaches. Each has its merits and inherent drawbacks, and this paper will not endorse one styleRead More


Fiduciary Duty: Do Investors Know What It Means?

Feb 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Regulatory Environment, High-net-worth investors, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices, Other Topics in A.I.

According to a new Spectrem Group whitepaper, most investors questioned believed (usually erroneously) that their advisors have a fiduciary responsibility in caring for their money.Read More


Alternative Multi-Manager Mutual Funds: What’s the Value Proposition, Again?

Jan 25th, 2016 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Newly Added, Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alts, Fees, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

By Andrew Beer New products are sold on a story.  For alternative multi-manager mutual funds – most of which have launched since 2012 – the pitch goes something like this:  we can find top tier hedge fund managers to run various alternative investment strategies – equity long/short, relative value, macro,Read More


‘Women of the Street’—Not Just Another War Story

Jul 22nd, 2015 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Alpha Seekers

Meredith Jones' book on investing in women takes it to the Street and comes back with some solid conclusions.Read More


Hybrid Equity: Another Perspective on Private Equity

Jun 14th, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Liquid Alts

Managers who offer funds that provide shorter time frames to investment exits, greater liquidity through a hedge fund structure, and employ the event-driven skill set that identifies and manages an investment portfolio yielding private equity-like returns are finding increased interest from an investment community seeking returns married with reasonable liquidity. Read More


ESMA to Member States: You’re Not Doing Enough Re: MiFiD

Mar 18th, 2015 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, Regulatory

A newly released report tells us that ESMA is unhappy with the national "competent authorities" as to how they've enforced MiFiD. the report implies that the adjective in the phrase "competent authorities" is to be understood as a courtesy rather than a description. Read More


Case study: Straits gives managed futures a facelift

Dec 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Commodities

As alternative investments become more mainstream, managers who traditionally have operated in the alternatives arena face a number of questions, including what is the right offering, the proper structure and how do we market the new vehicle. Guest columnist Ginger Szala examines the thought processes of one group as they made the leap to retailization.Read More


Investment Advisors, Investors and Beauty Contests

Nov 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alpha Hunters, Asset allocation, High-net-worth investors

n a new book, Charlotte Beyer tells investors that having the right advisor isn't suckerdom. It can in fact be insurance against suckerdom. So: how does an investor find the right advisor? Read More


Liquidity Makers and Takers: A Nobel Prize

Oct 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing

The latest Economics Award has drawn the attention of the world briefly to a body of work that has a number of points of interest for the alt-investment community. Read More


Not Your Grandfather’s Market: The Evolution of Liquid Alternatives

Oct 5th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alternative Mutual Funds, Alpha Hunters, Liquid Alts

Guest columnist Andrew Smith, CAIA, traces the rise and growth of liquid alternatives.Read More


Celent Reports on Equity Crowdfunding

Sep 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Venture capital, Crowdfunding

A new report from Celent discusses the as-yet unimplemented Title III of the JOBS Act. Celent's Isabella Fonseca offers suggestions for how both wealth managers and tech providers might benefit. Read More


Investing in the Investor

Sep 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at what advisors think of hedge funds.Read More


Deutsche Bank on Investor Demands Today

Jul 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

If such institutions as the ECB keep rewarding indebtedness, then over time they get their way. They'll get a lot of deal making, even if it amounts to a frenzy. Then investors will demand funds that play to that frenzy. Read More


A Third Wave of Alt-Industry Growth is Upon Us

Jun 30th, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Alternative Mutual Funds, Alpha Strategies

Private fund managers who want to be part of this wave, who hope to compete for the retail investment market with their absolute-return and non-correlation toolkit, shouldn’t think it is going to be easy. One of the sections of the SEI report is headed “understanding the hurdles.”Read More


A Plea to the Retail Investors

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, Alpha Strategies

This book, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments that Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios is an appeal to the retail investor, to those author Bob Rice calls "typical investors," passing along the good news that they are no longer "stuck with the children's menu of investment options."Read More


ISDA & EDHEC Respond to Benchmarks Paper

Mar 26th, 2013 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Derivatives

The benchmarking consultation paper from ESMA/EBA has produced intriguing responses from, among others, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and the EDHEC-Risk Institute.Read More


Lending Securities: Which Mutual Funds Do It Best

Mar 6th, 2013 | Filed under: Retail Investing

A newly released paper concludes that the returns many mutual funds make from lending their portfolio securities increase as the directors on their boards become more independent. Separately, it is a good sign if the directors have, as the saying goes, 'skin in the game.'Read More


BCG: Private Banking Will Get More Complicated

Oct 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Retail Investing, High-net-worth investors

The development of offshore banking centers, and the diplomatic pressures brought to bear upon them, are such that individual relationship managers may no longer “be able to serve clients from a large number of domiciles because regulatory compliance will become more complex and country-specific – making it impossible to master the distinct requirements of many different client domiciles,” according to the Boston Consulting Group. That is one of many keep-your-chin-up injunctions throughout this report. Read More


The Second Circuit: A Wrestling Ring for Argentina & Creditors

Aug 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alpha Strategies

The Clearing House Association has filed an amicus brief in the NML litigation, effectively acting on behalf of its member banks, arguing that the pari passu language in the bonds issued by Argentina in the 1990s folllowed “standard language included in substantially the same form in numerous credit documents,” and contending that a decision upholding the district court would upset “the long-understood meaning of these clauses in the market.” Read More


Catastrophism Versus Darwinism: Dodd-Frank as Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, Alpha Strategies

The Grant Thornton paper maintains that the asset management industry achieved "performance and operational efficiencies" during 2011, and this sounds like the sort of marginal adaptation that play a large part in Charles Darwins' writings, to which GT's Winstoin Wilson alluded. But ... the report also treats the regulatory environment as a meteor, capable of wiping out even the best-adapted of pre-collision dinosaurs. So "the Darwinian process" is an odd label for what it describes. Read More


Alpha Hunters: Bringing Long-Short Equity to the Masses

Feb 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Strategies, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, ETFs

AAA sat down with Alex Gurvich and Jim Mitchell, both of The Rockledge Group, an investment advisory firm headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. We began by discussing the mid-January launch of a new product that gives the long-short equity strategy an ETF format, and ended up talking about a good deal else, such as the inherent superiority of ETFs over mutual funds, and Pimco's recent recognition of that fact. Read More


Alpha Hunter Krishna Menani: The Opportunities and Risks in Bond Markets

Aug 11th, 2011 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters

In any economic system, the fixed-income market plays an essential role as one of the principal ways of financing enterprise (be it corporate or sovereign).  Research shows that at the end of 2010, the global bond market had amounts outstanding of over US$95 trillion (to put that in context, theRead More


Everybody Back in the Water! Deep Diving the Family Office Investment Pool

Jul 28th, 2011 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Real Estate, Private Equity, High-net-worth investors

According to the latest research, confidence in family office investing is back.Read More


Alpha Hunter John Brynjolfsson: The Hidden Risks of Inflation

Jul 21st, 2011 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Commodities, Institutional Investing, Alternative Mutual Funds, Alpha Hunters

This is the first of a new series called "Alpha Hunters." The nimble qualities of alternative investments is part of what makes them essential to every investor's portfolio. They can move quickly to take advantage of market inefficiencies and go where other more traditional investment vehicles cannot. It is in the spirit of seeking the ever-moving alpha that we introduce this series, reaching out to experts in different strategies to see where they are finding alpha. We hope you find this series illuminating and please feel free to send suggestions for Alpha Hunters you'd like to read about. Kristin Fox Managing EditorRead More


What the wealthy want — and it’s not “synergy”

Jul 13th, 2011 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, High-net-worth investors, Fees

Clients, according to a surprising new report, aren't too keen on alpha at the moment.Read More


An Alternatives Expert Viewpoint on Alternative Alternatives

Jun 29th, 2011 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Real Estate, Private Equity, Commodities, Institutional Investing

Tongue- and portfolio-tied investors are looking for alternatives for their alternatives in order to achieve non-correlation.Read More


Yes, Pigs Do Fly!

May 17th, 2011 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Alternative Mutual Funds

Ten years ago, the prevailing thought was that pigs would fly before alternative investments became a mainstream staple for investment advisers. According to the latest research from Cerulli, it’s time for air traffic controllers to wake up because they’re going to have to integrate Dreamliner-sized porkers into flight patterns andRead More


Capture this: A simple, but useful tool for describing hedge fund returns

Dec 6th, 2010 | Filed under: Retail Investing

The hedge fund industry has an occasional obsession with exotic risk metrics (VaR, Conditional VaR, Omega Ratio, higher moments, etc.).  These make a lot of sense if you have a few Ph.D.’s on staff (read: you’re a large institutional investor).  But what if you need to explain the non-market-tracking natureRead More


Closet indexing continues to flourish in mutual fund land (and bring down average performance)

Nov 29th, 2010 | Filed under: Retail Investing

Mutual funds with a high "active share" are once again found to produce higher and more persistent returns - the two basic constituents of alpha. So why is closet indexing as popular as ever? And what does this portend for hedge funds?Read More


SEC: When is a Family Office not a Family Office?

Oct 24th, 2010 | Filed under: Retail Investing

The Dodd-Frank Act requires hedge fund to register with the SEC. But it also nearly also forced America's 4,000 family offices to do the same. That got the SEC is wondering: What exactly is a family office anyway? Read More