TFS' Eric Newman, whose team earned Alternative Managers of the Year honors, says watching for insider signals mainly in small caps allowed their fund to pull in the best absolute return in its category in 2012.
Hitting singles and doubles is the way alternatives should play the game, and investors should not expect a gain of 20%-30% from these vehicles, says Alpha Capital manager Brad Alford.
Van Eck's David Schassler focuses on multialternative strategies for his clients and says any alternative allocation lower than 10% enters into 'why bother?' territory.
Volatility and changing demographics have target-date fund and defined-contribution plan managers considering alternatives as hedging tools against fixed-income rate risk, says Arden manager Henry Davis.
Morningstar's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.
It doesn't pay to be patient with losers.
Morningstar.com's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.
March 19-23: Tips and picks for diversifying your stock and bond holdings and getting a handle on alternative investments.
Investors got diversification wrong in 2008, say hedge fund veterans Cliff Asness and Andrew Lo. They have ideas on how to get it right.
Live updates from Morningstar's inaugural ETF conference.