Beyond Bulls & Bears

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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 ...

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Fourth-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: ...

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Third-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, seeks to add value through active portfolio management, tactical allocation and diversification across ...

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What an (Economic) Drag It Is Getting Old

Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director, K2 Advisors, looks beyond the day-to-day data and policy debates to a bigger-picture trend that could ...

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The Intangible Art of Operational Due Diligence

What do Greek statues have to do with the world of finance and investing? Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director, K2 Advisors®, Franklin ...

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ZIRPs and NIRPs and Unintended Consequences

Monetary policy around the world has taken an unprecedented turn—with negative interest rates now the norm in several parts of the world. Brooks ...

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An Alternative View on Volatility

Many investors fear the type of market volatility we have seen in recent months, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing—particularly for ...

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

Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director at K2 Advisors®, Franklin Templeton Solutions®, pays homage to the late Yogi Berra in this piece about ...

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Solidifying a Case for Liquid Alternatives

David Saunders, founding managing director of K2 Advisors, presents a brief introduction to liquid alternatives and four common hedge strategies ...