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All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Restrictions on Pension Plan Investments: A Global Survey
A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development surveys the main quantitative investment restrictions to which pension funds and other pension providers are subject in both OECD countries and a selection of International Organization of Pension Supervisors’ (IOPS) member countries. It reminds us of the general desireRead More
2 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Tick Size and High-Frequency Trading
A lot of hopes have been placed on changes in market tick sizes. In the 1990s there was a big push to reduce the tick sizes of securities, allowing them to get down to one cent or fractions thereof. In the new millennium came a sense of regret. Observers suspectedRead More
3 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled The Audacity of Opacity
By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Why are we still talking about this? No, it’s not the central bankers and their insatiable easing tendencies, trade wars with China, or even the Women’s World Cup football match (sorry Netherlands!). These stories all make great headlines, drive news ratings, generate tickertape parades,Read More
4 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled ESG: WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD?
By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) ESG INVESTING – SIMPLE OR COMPLEX? Investing is complicated as it is simple and complex at the same time. Common advice for new investors is to pursue a buy-and-hold approach for long-term wealth creation. Although this strategy has worked out great in the U.S.Read More
4 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Quantum Computing Will Mess Up all Expectations
There are reports that Google is preparing an announcement of “quantum supremacy” for later this year. If true, this is the biggest tech story since the transistor replaced vacuum tubes. It could be a disruptive development for just about every business with an IT department. Among much else, quantum supremacyRead More
7 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Private Equity and the Law in India
A forthcoming article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law discusses the investor control rights typically negotiated in the private equity context in India. The article, by Arjya B. Majumdar, an associate professor at Jindal Global Law School, begins with the quantity of assets under management by theRead More
9 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Oil & Gas: Where is the Capital Flowing?
The last two years have seen record low levels of mergers and acquisitions activity in the oil and gas sector in the United States. There are other signs of lassitude in the field: a record low volume of PE deals, (more of that in a moment), and only six initialRead More
11 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled The Dangers and Attractions of Infrastructure Investing
An arm of Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Infrastructure, announced that it is leading a group of investors to buy Genesee & Wyoming for a cash payment of $112 per share, a premium of nearly 40% over the pre-announcement stock price. This is a big infrastructure play. G&W is a freightRead More
14 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Net Performance Reporting: Not Just Arithmetic
Why can’t a fund manager simply subtract all fees and expenses from gross returns and present the arithmetical result to existing or potential investors? In a newly released paper, Donald Steinbrugge, the founder and CEO of Agecroft Partners, discusses how hedge funds calculate and present their net performance, and theRead More
16 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled The Environmental Road to the Future is Paved…in Green
By Diane Harrison In January of this year, the World Economic Forum published an article, A Business Model for Sustainability, which highlighted a couple of key points relating to the growing interest in green business practices: Global finance is also inching toward sustainability. For example, environmental, social, and governance assetsRead More
17 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled SOS
By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ask someone of a certain generation to name the most common worldwide distress signal, and they will likely come back with SOS. No surprise then that this same signal, borne from the Morse code, turns 111 years old on this date in history. MostRead More
18 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled How to Improve Your Short-Selling Batting Average
Downside Protection: Process and Tenets for Short Selling in All Market Environments is the new book by Nitin K. Sacheti. This is a better approach than that of certain other short-oriented titles, which have given “how I hit my home run” accounts of making the right call at the rightRead More
18 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Mind the Gap: The Unforeseen Consequences of Smart Beta
A new paper by Sean Markowicz, a strategist at Schroders, looks into the possibility that fund flows into the assets generically called smart beta are having detrimental consequences for the financial system. It also sheds some light on investors’ bad timing regarding ETFs. The assets at issue are, according toRead More
21 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Hedge Fund Index Backslides in May; Remains in Positive Territory
Red ink spoiled an otherwise positive 2019 for he Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index. The decline of 0.71% leaves the year-to-date performance still well up, at +4.32%. Approximately 41.6% of the funds Eurekahedge tracks were in the black for the month. And 15% have generated double-digit gains year-to-date. North America-mandated hedgeRead More
23 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled What Do Owners Think of Smart Beta Strategies?
FTSE Russell has posted its sixth annual survey of global asset owners’ views of smart beta. Smart beta is a strategy that uses indexes, but that is not traditionally cap-weighted, that is, one where the construction of the index itself incorporates the investment strategy, capturing investment factors or market inefficiencies.Read More
25 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Crop Protection and Inputs Management: Growing Investments in AgTech
The agricultural sector is under pressure from several directions, including depressed commodity prices, increased regulation, climate change, and changes in consumer tastes. This pressure creates a demand for technological progress, and that in turn creates a market for agtech. Two years ago, Finisterre Ventures and Pitchbook combined their data gatheringRead More
28 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled The Value of Speculation Limits, or Lack Thereof
CFTC Commissioner Daniel Berkovitz recently spoke to the FIA Commodities Symposium, in Houston, Texas, about the reduction of systemic risks and the strengthening of market integrity under the Dodd-Frank Act. He gave the usual disclaimer, that the views he expressed in this address were his own not those of theRead More
30 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Fixing the Sharpe Ratio: A Machine Learning Approach
The Sharpe ratio has long served as a simple but important item in the due diligence tool kit. Formulated by William F. Sharpe in 1966 and first called the “reward to variability” ratio, the number arises from an investment’s rate of return minus the risk-free rate divided by the standardRead More
32 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled A HORSE RACE OF LIQUID ALTERNATIVES
By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Investing is challenging as it is complex and complicated, which requires continuous learning and updating of mental frameworks. Conflicts and contradictions are found everywhere. For example, data from the mutual fund industry shows that most funds fail to outperform their benchmarks, but investors inRead More
35 days ago
All About Alpha wrote a new blog post titled Advising the Ultra-Wealthy: The State of the Industry
The Family Office Exchange (FOX) has released a report on the state of the ultra-wealthy advisory business. The report, based on a survey and interviews, draws three broad conclusions: first, the business is in a healthy condition; second, its value proposition is in transition, away from asset-based and toward retainer-basedRead More
36 days ago