Hedge Funds Are Back – Can Allocators Get Hedge Fund Alpha in an ETF?
Heading into 2021, advisors face numerous headwinds: a potential return of inflation, sky high equity prices, possible negative returns on bonds. Yet advisors with retail clients have few good options to protect against these risks, and many that embraced alternative mutual funds and ETFs have been disappointed with low returns, high fees and large drawdowns.
The questions advisors are asking today is:
How can retail investors gain exposure to leading hedge funds yet with the client-friendly features of an ETF? Given the difficulties for many hedge funds in the 2010s, will hedge funds will return to the Golden Age of the 2000s, when they generated alpha through two bear markets?
K2 Advisors First-Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook
Our K2 Advisors team is optimistic about the opportunity set in the year ahead, and thinks that active management alpha will be key to success in 2021. Brooks Ritchey and Robert Christian provide the team’s first-quarter hedge-fund strategy outlook.
An Analysis of SPACs and What to Look for in 2021
With a record high number of SPAC IPOs and the success of some well-documented investments with triple digit returns, investors and advisors might be interested in evaluating a potential allocation to their portfolios. In this article I focus on a few basic criteria of the best-performing SPACs and tips on how to perform your own analysis.
December 2020 Strategy Letter - Soufflés and Sledgehammers
As we have noted previously, one cannot practically ignore the celebration regarding our annual lap around the sun, although I think it’s fair to say that there are roughly 7.5 billion people outside of Silicon Valley—or those who run large cap growth/tech funds—that are delighted to see 2020 declared over.
How Texas Can Become the Next Silicon Valley
Texas is making another bid to become America’s technology hub. It will be an uphill battle, to put it mildly. But one seemingly small policy tweak could give the state a big boost in its quest to lure the tech industry: banning the enforcement of noncompete agreements.
Preparing the Post-Pandemic Playbook
Ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened headwinds to global growth, says Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions CIO Ed Perks. In his 2021 investment outlook, he says nimble and diversified positioning is key to effective investment strategies.
Shades Of 1999 As “Market Mania” Returns In 2020
“Maybe this time is different. Those words, supposedly the most dangerous to utter in the investing realm, came to mind amid the frenzied pops in the highly anticipated initial public offerings recently.” That quote was from Randall Forsyth discussing why the current market mania reminds him of the “Shades of 1999.”