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.
Panagram Structured Asset Management, a subsidiary of Eldridge, has launched its first ETF, the Panagram BBB-B CLO ETF (NYSEARCA: CLOZ).
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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.
Private Equity: Onex Corporation Promotes Le Blanc to President Private equity firm Onex has promoted Bobby Le Blanc to president. He will now oversee all business ventures and will serve as head of Onex Partners. Le Blanc will also be in charge of reporting to Chairman and CEO Gerry Schwartz. According to Schwartz, “Having joined…
Private Equity Takes Away from Texas Retirement System The Employees’ Retirement System of Texas’s private equity portfolio has lost 2.14 percent as of June 30. The private equity portfolio is worth $4.4 billion, but it was the biggest detractor at a 1.9 percent loss. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the private equity portfolio was strong at…
ESG Investments to Gain Popularity in Real Estate As the environment becomes more of a priority among the public, environmental responsibility has become a priority for businesses and organizations as well. The looming effects of climate change are pressuring businesses and corporations to take action. Oil and gas companies in particular are facing increasing pressure…
Liquid Alts Proliferate as Their Attributes Shine. Independent asset manager Prime Capital is one of the lastest firms to roll out a liquid credit fund. The fund offers a range of alternative credit strategies, including trade finance and real estate bridge financing. This fund will invest between 15 and 20 funds globally. They will be…
Liquid Alts Offer Endowment Style Investing to Individuals. Liquid alternatives consist of a wide variety of investment options, strategies and portfolio options. Alternative investment prevalence has been growing in recent years among both everyday investors and large financial institutions. This growth in popularity has largely benefitted individual investors in mulitple respects. Alternative investments have historically…
Alternative Investments: Illinois Municipal Fund Earmarks $125 millions for Alternative Investments Oak Brook — an Illinois-based Municipal Retirement Fund — has designated $125 million for alternative investments. The $125 million will be split — $75 million will be invested in Clearlake Flagship Plus Partners. $25 million will be invested in EnCap Energy Transition Fund I,…
Prime Capital’s Liquid Alternative Credit Fund, a new fund of funds, will invest in 15 to 20 underlying funds which are diversified globally and invest in alternative credit strategies such as trade finance and real estate bridge financing. Prime Capital AG manages €17.2bn of assets in various funds.
Private equity firms TA Associates and Francsico Partners announced that they will complete a deal with healthcare software company Edifecs. CEO of Edifecs Sunny Singh intends to lead the company through a transformation. The healthcare industry is quickly changing with the help of the technology sector. According to Singh, “Today’s healthcare industry is in a…
“We desperately need income, but we are in a yieldless world,” writes analyst Jussi Askola in “The New Gold Rush.” Zero or negative interest rates are going to push investors into real assets.
Liquid Alts Show Strength Amid Global Pandemic. Liquid Alternative investments are rapidly growing in the United States and around the world. In one of the latest signs of global espousement of Liquid Alts, ARP Investments secured a partnership with Axius Partners, a Sydney based company, for broad-based distribution. Liquid alternative strategies are in high demand…
Canadian asset manager Picton Mahoney Asset Management has launched a new alternative investment fund that protects investors from the risks to the downside from equities. The fund is available in the versions of mutual fund and ETF. The Picton Mahoney Fortified Long Short Alternative Fund will use short positions to achieve risk mitigation.
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Up in June. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index was up nearly 1% in June, continuing to show strength in navigating this year’s wild market ride. The Index is a benchmark for the performance of Liquid Alternative Funds. Longtime Wilshire Associates veteran, Jason Schwarz, said that “Markets rallied in the second quarter…