Beyond Bulls & Bears

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A Story of Risk Management, and Flying to the Moon

Risk management is a key part of many endeavors, from space travel to investment management. In either case, achieving one’s goals requires awareness of what could go wrong, as well as careful attention to details in often-changing conditions to ensure the smoothest possible journey. Tilak Lal, vice president, Performance Analysis & Investment Risk at Franklin Templeton Investments, describes what risk is within the investment space, and how risk management is essential to success.

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Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Rise of the Machines

“Exponential growth in computer processing speeds, advances in big data, open-source software and cloud computing have all converged over the last decade to move AI from the realm of science fiction to science fact.” - Mat Gulley and Ryan Biggs

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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

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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.

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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.”

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Why Liquid Alternatives Now

“The availability of liquid alternative vehicles has expanded rapidly over the past decade, paired with a strategic interest to provide retail investors with access to diversified sources of potential alpha to complement their traditional portfolios.” David Saunders, K2 Advisors

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The Case for Listed Infrastructure: Strengthening the Foundation for the Global Economy

“Infrastructure impacts every aspect of a community, and to the extent these physical assets perform optimally, they enable essential components of a healthy economy, such as fiscal stimulus and job creation, while also contributing to a higher quality of life.” Franklin Real Asset Advisors

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Second Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook

"Regardless of what the future holds in terms of political results, from a market standpoint, we anticipate more volatility going forward—and this could be a good thing for hedge strategies.” - K2 Advisors®

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K2 Advisors : Why We Like Activist Hedge Strategies

"The market and economic environment is perhaps more favorable to activist investment strategies today than it has been in some time. With the outlook for growth muted, corporate balance sheets flush with cash, financing rates still very low, and an increasingly hospitable public attitude toward activist investors—the opportunity set appears robust.” - Rob Christian, 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.

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Driving a Case for Convertibles in 2017

In our view, 2017 could be a year where the unique properties of convertibles become an important feature for investors' asset allocation.

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Helicopter Money: Pulling a Brick with a Rubber Band

You may have heard the term “helicopter money” bantered about in the press of late. Robert Christian, senior managing director and head of ...