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Hedge Funds

A Cost Effective Approach to Hedge Fund Allocations: Part 2

Posted by David Scarozza on Oct 11, 2018

Topic: Hedge Funds

Investors often pay “2 and 20” for hedge funds that deliver significant market return (beta), not manager skill (alpha). We seek “alpha-only” strategies in hedge funds while sourcing beta exposure more cost-effectively. Relative to peers, we advocate for a lower asset allocation to hedge funds.

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A Cost-Effective Approach to Hedge Fund Allocations: Part I

Posted by David Scarozza on Oct 1, 2018

Topic: Hedge Funds

Hedge funds are not an asset class. Hedge funds do, however, warrant a slice of an institution’s asset allocation pie – but not for beta exposure. We aim for pure alpha from our hedge funds and believe that the return, risk and correlation characteristics we can get from following this approach merit a strategic allocation of capital to hedge funds. Our approach to hedge fund usage is atypical in the industry. Broadly speaking, the institutional investing community accesses..

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Mark Anson Discusses Asset Allocation Strategy with Bloomberg Markets

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 28, 2017

Topic: Asset Allocation | Hedge Funds | Investment Strategy | Private Capital

Mark Anson, Commonfund chief investment officer, discusses his asset allocation strategy with Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn and Simone Foxman on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Hedge Fund Land:
An Expensive Amusement Park?

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson on Aug 16, 2017

Topic: Asset Allocation | Hedge Funds | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

In a series of articles, we have addressed two recent investment “fatigues” experienced by institutional investors: Active vs. Passive; and Global (ACWI) vs. US benchmarks. In this article, we tackle the third and last “fatigue”— Hedge Funds. Hedge funds have come under extreme criticism lately for their expensive fee structure, lack of performance, and too much “beta” wrapped up in an “alpha” fee structure. It appears that hedge funds are run more for the amusement of the hedge fund manager and less for the benefit of the hedge fund’s clients. These are all legitimate concerns but we still believe that there is value to be found in Hedge Fund Land.

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What do the Cable Television and Hedge Fund Industries Have in Common?

Posted by David Scarozza on Feb 28, 2017

Topic: Asset Allocation | Hedge Funds | Investment Strategy | Risk Management

These industries may seem an odd pairing, but both are in the midst of a disruption-led, industry-wide rationalization process. The two industries share in common a historically evolved “bundling” price structure, heavily favoring the sellers, that is breaking down due to the recent proliferation of distribution alternatives. This is giving consumers the option to be far more choosey about the prices they are willing to pay for varying levels of content.

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Unhedged Commentary:
The $3 Trillion Question

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson, Ryan Driscoll on May 5, 2016

Topic: Hedge Funds | Investment Strategy

The growth of the hedge fund industry over the past decade has been tremendous, with more and more institutional and retail investors allocating capital to investment strategies that fall outside the boundaries of traditional stock and bond funds.

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Hedge Funds:
How Many (or Few) Does it Take?

Posted by John Delano, Kristofer Kwait on Apr 8, 2016

Topic: Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds: How Many (or Few) Does it Take? It’s straightforward to get an answer to that question, at least superficially: draw at random from a manager universe, build hypothetical portfolios with the selected managers, track performance, repeat thousands of times, and based on the average result, arrive at an optimal portfolio size.

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Size: It’s Complicated

Posted by John Delano, Kristofer Kwait on Jan 14, 2016

Topic: Hedge Funds | Investment Strategy

AUM among hedge funds has always been characteristically top-heavy, with the majority of capital in the hands of a relatively small number of managers. While the hedge fund universe has expanded from a few hundred in the mid-1990s to several thousand today, investors have voted in large numbers for what amounts to a handful of those managers.

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Global Economic & Investment Outlook:
2016 – A Year of Transition

Posted by Commonfund on Jan 4, 2016

Topic: Asset Allocation | Equities | Fixed Income | Hedge Funds | Market Commentary | Private Capital

Our 2016 Global Economic and Investment Outlook provides a detailed look at our expectations and portfolio positioning going forward.

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Hedge Funds: An Instructional Look

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 4, 2015

Topic: Asset Allocation | Hedge Funds

Hedge funds often account for the largest share of institutions’ allocation to alternative investment strategies yet, hedge fund strategies can be difficult to understand. We have created a reference guide that will be useful when considering hedge funds in your portfolios.

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