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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Three new liquid alternative funds from AGF Investments Inc. provide better risk-adjusted returns. AGF has just launched three liquid alt funds in Canada. These are the (AGFiQ) US Market Neutral Anti-Beta CAD-Hedged ETF (QBTL), US Long/Short Dividend Income CAD-Hedged ETF (QUDV) and the US Long/Short Dividend Income CAD-Hedged Fund. “These offerings build on AGF’s long…
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected Bitwise Asset Management’s efforts to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The agency said that Bitwise’s proposal failed to meet legal requirements tied to market manipulation and other concerns. However, the SEC blamed NYSE Arca instead of Bitwise for the rejection.
The Investment Company Institute released weekly data on mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Wednesday. The data suggest that fund managers are very concerned about the U.S. economy, the ongoing trade war, and other factors. Last week, mutual funds and ETFs dropped roughly $11.8 million in U.S. equities.
There’s a new category of ETFs out there known as Defined Outcome ETFs. Also known as Buffer ETFs, these funds are seeing a rush of inflows as investors try to shield themselves from market volatility. In so doing, they also look to protect themselves from losses, while keeping open the potential for gains.
The SEC will give a ‘yes-or-no’ ruling on its approval of the bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) from Bitwise Investments by October 13. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been before to getting a bitcoin ETF approved,” said Matt Hougan, MD, and global head of research, Bitwise. The SEC’s approval would be a landmark event in the evolution of cryptocurrencies.
The Waratah Alternative Equity Income Fund gives investors access to one of the Group’s flagship strategies and star portfolio manager Jeannine LiChong.
The Waratah Alternative Equity Fund is the firm’s first liquid alternative mutual fund. It is a long-biased, actively managed portfolio of North American equities, with a focus on Canada. The fund can use options and short positions for risk protection.
IndexIQ launched the IQ Alternative Allocation Model, the first liquid alternative model on its platform, in collaboration with Nasdaq Dorsey Wright.
The IQ Alternative Allocation Model provides an absolute return strategy built around IndexIQ’s suite of liquid alternative ETFs.
Investment manager Schroders has launched a private equity fund on its GAIA II liquid alternatives platform.
The Schroder private equity fund, titled “Schroder GAIA II Specialist Private Equity fund,” will target unlisted companies with an enterprise value of up to $250 million.
A new Vanguard fund has launched to add to the firm’s list of mutual funds and ETFs launched under CEO Tim Buckley. The company has unveiled the Vanguard International Core Stock Fund (VWICX). It is the fourth actively-managed product to arrive at the company this year. The three other funds launched this year are Vanguard Global ESG Select Stock Fund, Vanguard Commodity Strategy Fund, and Vanguard Global Credit Bond Fund. At this pace, they might run out of managers.
Investors outside the US may now access Nuveen’s US equity long-short and equity market neutral strategies through Schroders.
Schroders and Nuveen have tied-up to offer two new funds on the Schroders UCITS GAIA platform.
The funds, Schroder GAIA Nuveen Equity Market Neutral and Schroder GAIA Nuveen Equity Long-Short funds focus on large-cap US equities. Further, they offer the added advantage of daily liquidity without a performance fee.
The Franklin Templeton Alternatives Funds (FTAF) offers five new liquid hedge fund strategies through K2’s managed account platform.
Wasatch Global Investors has launched two new mutual funds. They are the Wasatch International Select Fund and the Wasatch Global Select Fund.
In the space of a mere ten months, assets at CI Investments’ liquid alternative funds have exceeded $1 billion. Strategies that were earlier the domain of sophisticated hedge funds are now available to the everyday investor via a special kind of mutual fund. CI Liquid Alternative funds combine ‘alternative’ strategies with the on-tap liquidity of…
PNC collaborates with Morningstar on new liquid alts project PNC Investments has launched a recommended list of liquid alternative mutual funds. The broker-dealer arm of PNC Financial is creating the PNCI Liquid Alternatives Conviction list consists of 18 open-ended mutual funds. The firm’s five-person diligence team collaborated with Morningstar’s manager selection team to build the…