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.
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.
It doesn't pay to be patient with losers.
Investors got diversification wrong in 2008, say hedge fund veterans Cliff Asness and Andrew Lo. They have ideas on how to get it right.
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.
Morningstar's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.
Live updates from Morningstar's inaugural ETF conference.
Managed-futures strategies--now available to normal investors--can diversify traditional portfolios.
Morningstar.com's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.