Brian Singer of William Blair traces the origin of liquid alts to the 1949 creation of hedge funds, but notes that hedge funds weren’t actually liquid. In this video from InvestmentNews, Singer says that ten to fifteen years ago funds began exploring new techniques and employing hedge fund-like strategies, and the liquidity of these funds offered flexibility that illiquid vehicles could not match. In the future, Singer thinks there will be a “shakeout” in the industry, though: “They key is to not invest on hope” and “in the end, you’re compensated for risk” he says. The key is to take a look at your portfolio and ask: “What could be done better in a liquid alternative vehicle?”
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