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The Case for Absolute Return Strategies – Part Two

June 2021


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Tailwinds for absolute return strategies

In the first part of the series, we looked at how traditional assets are facing headwinds for future returns from factors such as near-record valuations, historically low interest rates and credit spreads, and elevated risks. In the second part of the series, we observe that despite these challenges for traditional investments, tailwinds exist that we believe can contribute to alpha within absolute return strategies.


In our view, such tailwinds include higher levels of dispersion, the growing incidence of “two-way” markets, occasional periods of dislocation, as well as the record-high issuance of tradeable securities (both stocks and bonds), and are contributing factors to an improved environment for alpha generation. Additionally, we note the historical resilience of hedge fund alpha through inflationary environments.  

In the Next Installment

In part 3, we’ll discuss the importance of selecting and partnering with the right investment partners at a time when industry AUM is at an all-time high, but the number of hedge fund investors is contracting. 


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The Case for Absolute Return Strategies – Part One

In the series, “The Case for Absolute Return Strategies” we discuss why we believe ARS investments are important components of a properly diversified portfolio. In this post, we look at indicators of how traditional asset markets are highly valued and future returns appear constrained.

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The Case for Absolute Return Strategies – Part Three

In this installment, we present our view that top decile hedge fund managers remain among the best available investments globally, without regard to the name “hedge fund.” We also look at how top managers continue to attract talent and capital, while underperforming managers contract, underscoring the importance of manager selection.

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* X-axis is the P/E ratio for the S&P 500 Index / HFRI FW Index on the first day of that 5-year period. Y-axis represents the annualized return of equities / hedge funds over the risk-free rate for the following 5-year period.


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Investments in alternatives are speculative and involve substantial risk, including strategy risks, manager risks, market risks, and structural/operational risks, and may result in the possible loss of your entire investment. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The views expressed are for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a forecast, a guarantee of future results, investment recommendations or an offer to buy or sell securities by GCM Grosvenor. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market, economic, or political conditions. The investment strategies mentioned are not personalized to your financial circumstances or investment objectives, and differences in account size, the timing of transactions and market conditions prevailing at the time of investment may lead to different results. Certain information included herein may have been provided parties not affiliated with GCM Grosvenor. GCM Grosvenor has not independently verified such information and makes no representation or warranty as to its accuracy or completeness. 


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