Liquid Alternative investments have emerged over the past decade as one of the fastest-growing areas within asset management. As pensions, endowments, foundations and other institutional investors have long benefited from Alternative Investments within their portfolios, Liquid Alternatives enable investors to have access to alternative investment strategies in fund structures that provide daily liquidity, full transparency, low investment minimums and other key attributes for investors. DailyAlts is your source for the most up-to-the-minute news, commentary and analysis on the global market for Liquid Alternatives.
Spawned after the 2008 financial crisis, liquid alternatives have disappointed investors. During the 2010s, these instruments averaged an annualized gain of 1.66%. Writing in Morningstar, columnist John Rekenthaler makes a telling comment in his article Liquid Alternatives Funds: Is There Any Hope?: “The concern lies when the hedged investment trails high-quality bonds, as has been the case with liquid alternatives funds. In that case, why bother with trickery? You could just hold Treasuries instead.”
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The Franklin K2 Emso Emerging Markets Ucits fund is launched as a part of FT subsidiary K2’s Luxembourg-based alternative funds’ range. The fund will seek long and short exposures, including through the use of derivatives, to debt securities of sovereign and corporate obligors and currencies in emerging markets.
The need for diversification and the promise of uncorrelated returns will boost demand in Europe for liquid alternatives over the medium term, says new research presented in the latest issue of The Cerulli Edge – Global Edition.
The Changebridge Capital Long/Short Equity ETF seeks long-term capital appreciation while minimizing volatility. The fund also aims to generate positive alpha via both the long and short portfolios throughout an entire investment cycle. The ETF has the potential to enhance an investor’s return profile while reducing risk.
Leatherback Asset Management is led by Michael Winter (pictured above), founder and 20 year veteran of the mutual fund an alternative asset management industry. The firm announced Tuesday the launch of its first exchange-traded fund: The Leatherback Long/Short Alternative Yield ETF (NYSEARCA: LBAY).
The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index was down 0.51% in October. The index provides a representative baseline for the performance of the broader liquid alts space. This figure fell short of the -0.22% return from the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index in the month of October.
Fidelity Investments Canada, one of the country’s largest investment managers, announced on Tuesday the launch of its maiden offerings within a liquid alternatives suite for Canadian investors.
Theodore Enders, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Strategic Advisory Solutions, says that investors are sometimes disillusioned with their investments in alternatives. However, on closer analysis, it turns out that poor implementation choices within portfolios are more often the problem rather than flawed strategies.
Matthew Yeates, Head of Alternatives and Quantitative Strategy at 7IM, recalls how he watched government bonds falling in value alongside equities during the March sell-off. This was not the way a traditionally balanced portfolio was meant to work.
The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index was down 0.73% in September. The index provides a representative baseline for the performance of the broader liquid alts space. This figure fell short of the -0.17% return from the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index in the month of September.
HSBC Global Asset Management’s latest quarterly outlook report suggests that investors should brace for a prolonged phase of low output ahead amidst a continuing COVID situation, high unemployment, and elevated savings. HSBC Chief Global Strategist Joe Little says that low bond yields may be around for a while given current macroeconomic trends, and that core bonds as an asset class may be a spent force.
Krista Hicks, senior vice president of business development at Horizons ETFs, will speak at the WP Advisor Connect virtual event on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The virtual event is themed “The Rise of Alternative Investments” and aims to deliver a comprehensive view of the world of alternative investments. Hicks will participate in the workshop “Why alternatives should have a place in your portfolio” led by Women in ETFs.
The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 1.3% in August. The index provides a representative baseline for the performance of the broader liquid alts space. This figure fell short of the 1.54% return from the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index in August.
An article by Kathryn M. Fuller, Carol E. Derk, Ronald M. Kosonic, and Roma Lotay of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP titled “2020 Spotlight on alternative mutual funds – opportunities ahead” published in LEXOLOGY on September 10. Alternative mutual funds (informally referred to as “liquid alt funds”) may emerge “as a must-have component of a portfolio’s personal protective equipment,” says the article.
In a note titled “A Roadmap For Navigating Today’s Low Interest Rates,” GMO’s Matt Kadnar warns investors of three challenging fallouts from today’s unprecedented low bond yields. These are: replacing the income bonds used to provide; the loss of depression protection arising from bond yields having little or no room to fall; and protection against the twin risks of rising inflation and rising interest rates.
Archax and blockchain provider Algorand will collaborate to create smart financial products that can trade on the newly FCA-regulated Archax digital exchange. These innovative new products include stablecoins and liquid alternatives. The latter are financial products, available in an ETF or mutual fund wrapper, that employ alternative investment strategies but can be bought or sold every day.
Davin Hood, managing director at Cor Capital, a Melbourne-based investment manager, feels that now is not a good time to ignore alternatives. “A fundamental economic standpoint is clearly one of a high degree of risk and traditional asset allocations have been heavily tied to equity market growth,” he observes. Hood advocates an absolute return mindset that focuses on the reduction of drawdowns to allow for the power of compounding of returns.
Portfolio managers at AllianzGI for three funds in the market neutral long/short category and one fund in the merger arbitrage strategy have been reassigned.
The webinar by the Bloomberg Women’s Buyside Network featured John Livanas, Chief Executive Officer, State Super; Geraldine Buckingham, Chair and Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock; and Ludovic Subran, Chief Economist, Allianz. Bloomberg’s Executive Editor, Tracy Alloway, moderated the webinar.
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