Liquid Alternatives Rocket Higher as Australia Takes Off

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 in Australia.  ARP Investments is increasing its funds to invest in more alternative investment strategies. 

When referring to liquid alternatives, founding partner DeWayne Louis stated, “The strategy tends to be better during periods of heightened volatility and dispersion.”  For instance, the strategy returned 18.18 percent in 2019 and 8.94 percent in the past year.  According to Louis, the Systematic Alpha Global Macro strategy did well in the first quarter of 2020 then the coronavirus pandemic destabilized the markets.  The global macro strategy implements over 40 alpha models and over 80 futures-related investments.  The strategy focuses on specific asset classes and does well in turbulent environments. 

ARP in Growth Mode

ARP Investments is a New York-based quantitative global manager.  The firm currently has $2 billion assets under management.  The firm’s products include Alternative Risk Premia, ARP Alternative Return Capture, Systematic Alpha Merger Arbitrage, Systematic Alpha Global Macro, and Systematic Alpha Trend Following.  One of ARP’s original founders is managing partner Deepak Gurnani.  Gurnani stated “It’s very rare that they are diversified. For instance, you can make money from the large banks but then you get drawdowns. With systematic investing we invest through diversified factor models across asset classes. We are more comfortable with our style.”  Gurnani is referring to larger managers of global macro strategies that ARP competes with.  

Axius Doubles Down on Alternatives Focus 

Axius Partners is an Australian fund management company specializing in fund management and capital advisory solutions.  The company is well diversified specializing in third party marketing, capital advisory, and capital placement.  The company engages in traditional placement markets as well as joint ventures and customized partnerships in the Australian market.  Additionally, the company narrows its focus on debt, hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital. 

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