Beyond Bulls & Bears

Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Fourth Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

“While we cannot predict market tops or bottoms, we can be prudent in how we position portfolios contextually. Perhaps now is the time to consider dialing back risk to some degree. We believe the easy money in this cycle has already been made.” - K2 Advisors

Are Hedge-Fund Strategies Entering a “Silver Era”?
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Are Hedge-Fund Strategies Entering a “Silver Era”?

“We’ve seen evidence that the current market landscape could become a nurturing environment for certain hedge-fund strategies, but we’re only just at the beginning and believe more opportunities could crop up during this silver era." – Brooks Ritchey, K2 Advisors

Hedge-Fund Strategies Get a Second Wind
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Hedge-Fund Strategies Get a Second Wind

After three disappointing years in the middle of this decade, it’s been a smoother course for hedge-fund strategies over the past 12 months. K2 Advisors’ Senior Managing Director Brooks Ritchey offers his analysis to explain why he sees some tailwinds ahead.

Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Third Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

K2 Advisors seeks to add value through active portfolio management, tactical allocation and diversification across four main hedge strategies: long short equity, relative value, global macro and event driven. In their third-quarter (Q3) 2017 outlook, K2 Advisors’ Research and Portfolio Construction teams share the key market events they have an eye on, along with the select strategies that represent their “top convictions.”

First-Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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First-Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

Since the US election, markets have confidently placed their bets squarely on hope, and essentially little else. Is this level of hope (optimism) rational? It certainly seems like a lot to expect. But truth is indeed often stranger than fiction, and even the most gifted of storytellers would likely never imagine a more fantastic yarn than the reality of this election cycle.

Fourth-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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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.

Third-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors
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Third-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

The recent recovery in commodity prices has relieved some of the emerging economies’ economic pressures that had been evident during 2015. As a result, valuations of select emerging-country equity and sovereign bond investments remain attractive relative to those available in developed markets.

What an (Economic) Drag It Is Getting Old
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What an (Economic) Drag It Is Getting Old

The world is getting older (much older in some geographies), and to us this is without question becoming a meaningful drag on economic growth—one that will likely persist into the future.

The Intangible Art of Operational Due Diligence
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The Intangible Art of Operational Due Diligence

The ‘artistic’ nature of operational due diligence (ODD) is a human exercise, and one that cannot be readily quantified and cataloged … The abstract or intangible qualities of a solid ODD program—wisdom, experience and judgment—cannot be overstated.

ZIRPs and NIRPs and Unintended Consequences
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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.

An Alternative View on Volatility

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.

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

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.