Jessica Noviskis, CFA
The investment landscape looks different post-COVID. Real interest rates have fallen into negative territory. The outlook for investment portfolios built on a fixed income allocation has meaningfully changed. The stock market is just off of new highs, increasingly disconnected from the underlying economy. Are equities unstoppable, or set up for a massive correction on any negative vaccine news or a pullback in stimulus? And how will the November election impact portfolios?
Clearly, there are many moving pieces for asset allocators trying to balance risk and return. Given the current environment, part of the solution may be an allocation to equity long/short hedge funds. Equity long/short strategies can improve portfolio diversification, help protect capital in periods of market weakness or heightened volatility, and increase overall risk-adjusted returns. In August, Hedge Fund Research noted that institutional investors were actively looking to increase exposure to hedge funds in the second half of the year as a direct result of the volatility of the first half. In this newsletter, we outline a few reasons why.
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