• 19-Mar-2014

    Solving for Diversification

    Solving for Diversification

    Investors have been forced to rethink many of the most basic elements of investing in recent years. How best to hedge risk and achieve returns when so many familiar tools and strategies aren’t working as they once did? The answer is by now familiar: Cast a wider net, often in the direction of alternative investments. The challenge is casting it successfully in a fast-changing world.

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  • 18-Mar-2014

    Show Me the Alpha

    Show Me the Alpha

    Hedge funds diversify by accessing idiosyncratic risk exposures. The proportion of a fund’s returns that are attributable to alpha, as opposed to beta, therefore matters a lot — as can be seen in this analysis of which strategies delivered the most alpha in 2013.

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  • 17-Mar-2014

    Seizing the Moment in LDI

    Seizing the Moment in LDI

    For many pension plans, the combination of higher funded levels and recently unsettled markets lends new urgency to the question of when and how much to de-risk. But there is a broader question to consider: how to use the risk budget wisely to help achieve a better future outcome.

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  • 16-Mar-2014

    How Local?

    How Local?

    Emerging market local debt is a $1.5 trillion asset class at a crossroads, thanks to the wind-down of monetary stimulus in the US. But the market’s increasing ability to differentiate among countries, together with early evidence that local fundamentals are beginning to drive some valuations, are positive signs for investors seeking strategic exposures.

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  • 16-Oct-2013

    State of Play

    State of Play

    The mainstreaming of alternatives is a work in progress. To gauge how things are going, we grade the performance of four major alternative strategies over the past decade, complementing our scorecard with a look at how a diversified allocation to those strategies would have fared over the same period. Conclusion: while individual strategies didn’t always meet expectations, a diversified portfolio delivered clear benefits.

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  • 15-Oct-2013

    Amplifying Alternatives

    Amplifying Alternatives

    Today’s broad, opportunity-rich alternative investment universe should be a fertile environment for portfolio construction. But most investors still allocate capital without a unifying framework or an effective means to adjust the mix of strategies as markets shift. With the right tools, however, it’s possible to implement a dynamic, portfolio-based approach.

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  • 14-Oct-2013

    Shining a Brighter Light on Private Equity

    Shining a Brighter Light on Private Equity

    With a more precise means of defining success for private equity investments, and a more complete picture of how those investments fit in the broader portfolio, investors should be able to make more effective use of PE strategies.

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