beta

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Hedge funds: sheep in wolves’ clothing

Hedge funds are sheep in wolves’ clothing, they are claiming their returns to be alpha, but a large part of it is driven by beta, Narayan Naik, professor of finance, London Business School told delegates at an investment think-tank in London this month. The good news, Naik says, is a new era has dawned in […]
Hedge Funds

Low volatility on the rise

Superannuation funds will make a big shift into low-volatility smart-beta products over the next 12 months, according to Fraser Murray, head of equities at Frontier Advisors. Speaking at a packed Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA) seminar in Sydney, Murray told how there had been little activity in this space until now, but this was about […]
Hedge Funds

Smart beta: is it worth it?

Most smart-beta offerings fall into the same trap as index strategies: blindly following a set of criteria even when the strategy is underperforming. Instead, beta harvesters should be more thoughtful, according to Tim Gardener, head of institutional client strategy at AXA Investment Managers, who also believes smart-beta strategies are overpriced. “In beta strategies, market cap […]
Investment Strategy

The rise of smart beta

A growing understanding of how smart beta works is exposing the way some managers are charging high fees for the same product and labeling it as active, claims Towers Watson. The remarks were made in a presentation to leading institutional investors at the Conexus Financial Fiduciary Investors Symposium in the Blue Mountains, by Hugh Dougherty, […]
Hedge Funds

Brandweiner: value universal ownership

As the Australian superannuation industry and its large players grow, the industry should be rethinking its role in the system from a longer term perspective, said Richard Brandweiner, newly appointed director of investment services at First State Super. Speaking at last week’s ACSI conference in Melbourne in a session on ESG-themed investing, he said his opinion […]
Hedge Funds

Tap hedge funds for better beta

So-called alternative hedge-fund beta allows investors to gain the returns generated by hedge-fund strategies without the pressures of finding alpha, says Fama family professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Tobias Moskowitz. Moskowitz says there are three components to hedge fund returns: alpha, or the unique skills of managers; broad […]
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