Absolute Return Strategies


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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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.

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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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We believe the current market environment supports the case for active management generally and prudent, less market-sensitive investment strategies implemented by hedged strategies. Here, we provide a brief overview of the year so far and explore where potential opportunities exist.

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