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Ravi Bulchandani, Barclays Wealth
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

An alternative route to absolute returns

Recent market turbulence has seen clients increasing their allocation to alternative investments, particularly in sophisticated markets. But some investors still perceive them as a risky allocation, writes Elisa Trovato

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Seeking additional returns in a difficult environment

Multi-asset structured products are a one-stop shop for investors to capture their investment views and diversification needs, making them an appealing investment proposition. These products can be structured to give either direct exposure to the underlying assets or indirect exposure through actively managed underlyings such as funds, write Julie Wan and Federico De Palma

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Private Equity: Alive and Kicking!

Despite the collapse of mega deals and slowing activity, private equity fund raising is in a healthy state and the asset class can provide premium returns over the longer term, writes Marwan Naja

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Taking advantage of difficult markets

Mass affluent and retail investors tend to take a wait and see approach to market turbulence, but there are opportunities for the more sophisticated private clients. Nat Mankelow reports on the structured products that aim to take advantage of turbulent conditions to increase market share

From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2008

Synthetic solutions still rule

Whether it is down to a lack of imagination or of distribution power on the side of fund houses, actively managed products are being sidelined in many parts of Europe in favour of synthetically produced investment banking products. Elisa Trovato speaks to some of the more innovative and successful providers

From Asset Allocation / Equity February 3, 2004

Selecting the best trajectory for stock market re-entry

The wealthy investor, rendered wary by several stormy years, is preparing to step back into the world of equities. Felix Lanters offers a guide to picking the right investment strategy and the appropriate manager.

From Asset Allocation / Equity February 3, 2004

An even spread of balanced risk

Asset allocation is about controlling the risk added to the portfolio by each of its components.

Simon Harris, GMO
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management October 6, 2003

Forecasting with figures

It might seem as though fund managers are just playing a numbers game, but quantitative methods help them to spot the lucrative trends. Quantitative techniques were once reserved for a handful of players in the marketplace. But things have changed. These days, most fund managers would claim to use some form of quantitative analysis as part of their investment process. Their growing acceptance and use is no accident. Using these techniques brings many advantages, in particular when dealing with large amounts of data or when looking to exercise discipline.

Stuart Owen, Barclays Global Investors
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management October 6, 2003

Marks of a good quant manager

There’s no mystery involved: computers have not taken over the investment process, and it still takes a creative and efficient human portfolio manager to make the most of quantitative data. Many imagine quantitative investment managers as rather mysterious boffins working under the direction of an all-powerful computer model. This “black-box” stereotype has little in common with reality and offers no insight into the factors that differentiate the best “quant” managers from the mediocre.

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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management October 6, 2003

Best of both worlds: value and growth

Style investment strategies, which revolve around the monitoring of distinct market segments, depend on quantitative analysis of the underlying stocks. The continuing recovery of European stock markets is increasing investors’ appetite for equities, but a residual uncertainty is preventing a herd-like rush back into stocks. Style investment strategies, where managers swap from “value” to “growth” companies depending on market conditions, are gaining in popularity in line with this renewed interest towards stock markets.

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