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The October Effect: A Proxy for Patience

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

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


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 A.I.

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


Regulatory Bread and Circuses 

Aug 31st, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Pictured above is the bust and the borrowed line of Juvenal, a Roman poet from the late first century. His cynical reference to bread and circuses was simply to say: feed and entertain the masses and they will forget what they wanted in the first place. The announcement this week from the SEC regarding their final ruling on amendments to the definition ofRead More


Do You Know Your ABZ’s?

Aug 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments, Smart Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Perhaps the most prescient definition of alpha is simply undiscovered beta, and if you look at this idea through the quinquagenarian endowment model, you might just see the point. In the good old days, investment performance and alpha were one in the same. Along cameRead More


Politics, Religion, and…Private Equity?

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

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


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


A Target Date for Target Dates

Jun 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Alternative Mutual Funds, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM | Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association While every retirement plan participant has unique life and planning circumstances, they generally (and almost evenly) split into two broad categories regarding investment philosophies: the do-it-yourself crowd and the do-it-for-me crowd. The do-it-yourself crowd typically followsRead More


Stewardship: It Hertz When You Ignore It

May 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk Management & Operations

Hertz has been around for just over a century. It was started by a fellow name Jacobs in the city of Chicago with a very modest fleet consisting of about a dozen Model Ts. The ensuing years would find the growing franchise initially as a small business owned by JohnRead More


Dugong is the New Black

May 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The dugong (the second “g” is soft) is a marine mammal and a close relative to the more notorious manatee. They are known for their consumption (eating up to 100 pounds of sea grass a day), their size (weighing up to 2,000 pounds), andRead 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


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 Unmasking of ESG 

Apr 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, ESG, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association PPE has entered the global vernacular, courtesy of another (deadly) acronym now known as COVID-19. The latter needs no additional introduction, as the former (Personal Protective Equipment) has been one of the many combat weapons to staunch the relentless march of what is now a global pandemic. Of the many things we are learningRead More


(SH)Elijah

Mar 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association You don’t really need to be a Talmud scholar to know about the mission and purpose of the prophet Elijah. A fixture of the Passover Seder, he is always accorded an empty seat at the table, replete with an extra cup and a remainingRead 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


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


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


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


Requiem for a Heavyweight

Dec 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk Management & Operations

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO A requiem is a solemn chant for the repose of the dead. Chant-worthiness when it comes to the Enron Corporation is still subject to much debate depending, of course, upon which side of that trade you were on as the company slipped into bankruptcyRead 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


A Harvard Education

Oct 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Academic Foundations, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Personalities in AI, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While Harvard the institution is legendary, much less is known about its founding other than by some who have taken those tedious Cambridge tours or the gifted alum who studied their way in through one of those 25 famous gates. Harvard College was foundedRead More


Of Colossal Fools and Fossil Fuels

Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative energy, Business News, Economics, Climate change, Macroeconomics, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” has its origins all the way back to the 1600’s when most of the carbon now in our atmosphere was “safely” encased in limestone and other rock formations within theRead 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


Zebras Are Reactionaries

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset Managers, Alpha Strategies, What about beta?, Smart Beta, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

Someone told me that it’s all happening At the Zoo. In this case, it was Paul Simon in his 1967 title song where he anthropomorphizes the animals he sees in the Central Park Zoo. Some are deemed to be honest, some kindly but dumb, and some insincere or skeptical, and,Read 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


The 60/40 Allocation and #TINA

May 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The “lower for longer” interest rate policy of the G4 Central Banks has morphed into what seems like “lower forever.” The 35-year bull market run in the fixed income space is over, and the thought of this 40% slice of the allocation pie producingRead 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


Earth to Kerth… It’s Our Day 

Apr 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, What about beta?, Alternative energy, Climate change, Emerging Alternative Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The Urban Dictionary turned 20 years old last month. If staying power means anything, perhaps it is time to use it as a citable source for modern day lexicon of words like Kerth. It seems Kerth is a name for someone who connotes sweetness, politeness,Read 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


Oak-and-Tree and Larry Grows… 

Mar 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, What about beta?, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The adaptation to this week’s title harkens back to late 19th century Scotland where this was a play song more popularly known as “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow.” It was a song of action in a time and a place—where most of the wakingRead More


Dry, Drier, Driest 

Mar 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association When it comes to dryness there are degrees of gradation, especially when it comes to the most discriminating tastes amongst us. Whether we are talking martinis, snow, or our skin, dry doesn’t always mean dry. We slake, salve, or schuss our way through, alwaysRead More


Waiting for Godot

Feb 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Consultants, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Waiting for Godot is a tragic comedy play by Samuel Beckett which first premiered on stage in Paris in 1953. There is only one scene and two primary characters who seem to know that they must wait for someone named Godot. They don’t knowRead 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


Next Stop, The Opportunity Zone

Jan 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Qualified Opportunity Zones, What about beta?, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Witness if you will… This was often the opening line of Rod Serling, the creator and narrator of The Twilight Zone series. Launched on CBS television 60 years ago, it dealt with human morality superimposed over what were almost always surreal or otherwise unusual circumstances. Serling’s narrative at both the beginning and the end of eachRead More


A Jack for Our Trade? 

Jan 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Who's Who, Newly Added, What about beta?, Personalities in AI

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis 2:2, on the seventh day God rested after having created all the heavens and earth. Jack Bogle was on the eve of his tenth decade on this earth and he must have skipped both that chapter and verse. In fact, Jack was more of a Matthew 21:12 kind of guy. The one who comes into a templeRead More


Anekāntavāda

Jan 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association “You can look it up” was a quote often attributed to the late baseball great Casey Stengel. That was likely the early 1900s precursor to “you can Google it,” and if one punched anekantavada into their browser today, they would find a consensus definition of “many-sidedness.” Rest assured, the CAIA Members from India probably already knew this, given the origins of this word’s emergence from ancient India and the JainRead More


Why About Beta?

Jan 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association About a year ago I wrote a single contributed piece entitled What About Beta for CAIA’s AllAboutAlpha blog. I wrote it at a time when the long placid markets showed (perhaps with an angry vengeance) that volatility was still alive and well, and purposefully, that post came on the 20th anniversary of the S&P 500 index closing above 1,000 forRead 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


A Move from Otherness to Better Global Governance 

Dec 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Economics, Macroeconomics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The resolution season will soon be upon us. Many will aspire to eat less, exercise more, be better partners or parents, or maybe even sit for the March 2019 CAIA Exam. Resolve doesn’t always make it across the finish line though, even with the very best ofRead More


And This Little Piggy Wants to TARP It  

Nov 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, What about beta?, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Pity the poor maligned pig. From the early origins of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme dating back almost 300 years, to the modern and profane descriptor for any boorish lout, the pig is there. Commonly used synonyms, like swine, provide little solace and theRead More


Picnicking and Nitpicking  

Nov 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Economics, Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association What is a complex transaction without a battery of lawyers to paper it up. These legal minds are an integral part of most transactions and their presence is mostly felt at the time of deal creation and, maybe even more so, when things go offRead More


A Preqin Prequel? 

Nov 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association In the world of cinema, by most accounts, it is The Godfather Part II that holds the top spot for best movie prequel. Interestingly, by design and title, it is also a sequel. Sequels at the box office are often panned but this production wasRead More


Marks on the Market

Oct 29th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry

Just about 70 years ago, Benjamin Graham wrote the timeless book titled simply The Intelligent Investor. This work and others, along with his distinguished career as an economist and an investor, earned him the title of the “Father of Value Investing.” His fictional investor in this referenced book was aptly named Mr. Market andRead More


I Quant to Be a Trillionaire

Oct 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Hedge Funds

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO Everyone from Bruno Mars to Donald J. Trump wants to be a mere billionaire “so freakin’ bad.” Heck, even the current Mega Millions Lottery has become a misnomer with the current jackpot for this US game of chance standing at $1.6 billion for theRead More


Tiptoe Thru’ the Cryptos With Yale

Oct 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, What about beta?, Digital currencies, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Fifty years ago, Tiny Tim, the ukulele-wielding father of falsetto, released his self-aggrandizing album entitled God Bless Tiny Tim. Love it or hate it, those of a certain generation will never forget Track 2 entitled “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips With Me.” In the modernRead More