Beyond Bulls & Bears

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.

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

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.

Solidifying a Case for Liquid Alternatives

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.

Shrugging Along

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.

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

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.

Greece: Stuck in the Middle

Greece: Stuck in the Middle

Opinion polls show that many Greek voters support Athens's tough negotiation tactics. But the polls also show that most Greeks want their country to remain in the eurozone—but to do so would require agreeing with the zone's austerity demands. I think this would be the definition of a pickle.

Risk Factor Investing: The Evolution of Multi-Asset Strategies
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Risk Factor Investing: The Evolution of Multi-Asset Strategies

Rather than tying ourselves to indexes, which we believe do not operate to meet investors' goals, we align our portfolio to a return objective.

2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities
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2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities

We continue to favor equities in emerging Asia over emerging Latin America due to what we view as stronger corporate fundamentals and attractive valuations.

Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age
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Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age

What happens when markets approach extreme environments like that experienced in 2008 (or October 2014 for that matter)? In these instances it is quite clear that the traditional rules/laws of portfolio diversification do not work as well as intended.

QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem With Economic Growth
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QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem With Economic Growth

While monetary weapons can be a good first step to remedying an economic crisis, they are clearly not enough on a standalone basis to return an economy to stability and growth. Monetary medicine cannot heal fiscal ailments in the areas of budgeting, regulation, taxation and related policies.

“You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat”: Alpha and Interest Rates

“You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat”: Alpha and Interest Rates

The implication of rising rates for individual and institutional portfolios, particularly for fixed-income investments, could be troublesome – depending upon the magnitude and velocity of the rate rise. Alternative strategies, we believe, may potentially offer a better boat to help navigate this interest-rate sea change.