Thursday, February 26, 2009

Funds using alternative investment strategies gain steam

Alternative investments that are less correlated to major market indexes are gathering momentum in the advisor community. Two trends are fueling the movement. First, the sharp market declines since September 2008 have boosted the attraction of strategies that don't dive along with stock market. "This year, people are looking to dial down risk in their portfolios," says Bill Harding, director of research at Morningstar Investment Services in Chicago. Second, these strategies are increasingly available to those who don't qualify as accredited investors (with investable assets of $1 million or more).

Continue reading "Against the Grain," my article in the March 2009 issue of Financial Planning magazine (free registration may be required for access).

Also, here's some information that didn't make it into the article. It's the list of funds used by the advisors whom I interviewed.
Absolute Opportunities
Absolute Strategies
Arbitrage
Diamond Hill Long-Short
Direxion Commodity Trends
Gateway
Highbridge Statistical Market Neutral
Hussman Strategic Growth
Merger
Nakoma Absolute Return
PIMCO CommodityRealReturn Strategy
Robeco Boston Partners Long/Short Equity
Rydex Managed Futures Strategy


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2 comments:

  1. How are these strategies increasing available to non-accredited investors? It is counter-intuitive. I'd love to know why.

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  2. David,

    As I explained in my article, these strategies are available--to some extent--as mutual funds or ETFs.

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