Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Fourth-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

We expect overall volatility to increase across the global markets, and often emerging markets are more volatile than their developed counterparts. With this volatility we anticipate the arrival of opportunity, and we believe it will likely be manifest across all three major asset classes—equity, fixed income and currency.

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ZIRPs and NIRPs and Unintended Consequences

There are countless examples in history, some more hubristic than others, in which man’s efforts to address a problem or control a system have resulted in miserable failure―regardless of best-laid plans or intentions.

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An Alternative View on Volatility

Based on our current economic outlook, with financial markets still coming to terms with, among other issues, China’s slowing growth rate and uncertainty about global interest rates, we anticipate volatility will be around for some time—and may even escalate.

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Japan: The Quest for Growth and Inflation

Abenomics [in Japan] constitutes a true regime change and has already had a significant impact—but the road to sustainably higher growth and inflation is still long.

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US Monetary Policy: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Is maintaining a zero interest rate policy in the United Sates today a good idea, or is not raising rates doing more harm than its intended good? I suppose that depends on perspective and opinion.

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Risk Factor Investing: It’s Not All About The Upside

We recognize that very few risk assets—even those considered to be 'safe assets'—are not without their challenges. Most face some kind of headwind.

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Solidifying a Case for Liquid Alternatives

Skeptics may be surprised to learn that the majority of hedge fund managers focus on providing capital appreciation with lower volatility than the broad markets.

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Shrugging Along

From our point of view, trying to predict market declines or rallies is not as important as preparing for incipient shocks smartly and strategically; it is about being vigilant.

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Exporting the “Bacon Genie” and Other Reasons to Be Bullish

The global economy is at a crossroad of sorts, facing a paradigm shift that is necessary for sustainable growth in the future. In our view, modifications in policy and consumer behavior will be requisite in both developed and emerging nations.

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Bridging the Gap: Global Listed Infrastructure