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Go beyond total returns and dig into the nuances of the category.
A new Morningstar paper questions the status quo.
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How to make the call.
Why too much of a good thing can turn bad.
Let the Morningstar Style Box be your guide.
Josh Charlson discusses ways to use target-date strategies in your own portfolio.
Target-date funds have been one of the fund industry's biggest winners over the past decade.
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Compelling liquid alts strategies are in short supply, but we've identified several new Morningstar Medalists in recent months.
While the average long-short fund returned about 2% last year, specific fund returns ranged from a 25% gain at the top to a 17% loss at the bottom.
Some of the luster has dulled from the once-booming liquid alts category.
The category has struggled in recent years, but these funds may see more opportunities amid rising rates and volatility.
We like the experience and resources behind American Beacon AHL Managed Futures Strategy.
Find someone who has a good process and then sticks to it, says the Gotham Asset Management founder.
The problems at Marketfield aren't a microcosm of the liquid alts industry at large.
Boston Partners Long/Short Equity, closed to new investors, is now rated Bronze due to higher expenses.
Many held up well after the Brexit vote, but we urge caution since returns over the past few years have been mediocre.
Did Brexit catch these go-anywhere alternative funds leaning the wrong way?
We're launching new equity, fixed-income, and alternatives categories to give investors a more focused lens for research.
Arbitrage Fund's well-managed strategy and low fees make it a standout among merger-focused peers.
We wrap our arms around this fast-growing category.
Make sure you understand which of three major strategies a fund is pursuing before investing in this fast-growing category.
These three candidates delivered what investors seek from an alternative-strategy fund.
Investors and fund companies press the pause button in 2015.
Investors in alternative funds aren't faring any better than the rest of the fund world.
Silver-rated Gateway and Bronze-rated Swan Defined Risk both use covered-call strategies, yet they performed differently during August's pullback.
Long-short funds that employ options-based strategies can lead to a wide range of outcomes.
Although the category performed within expectations during the recent market skid, there was a lot of variation among individual funds.
Late August provided a stress-test.
Beta ranges reveal a dizzying array of approaches.
While Bronze-rated Natixis ASG Managed Futures' recent performance has been stellar--and low fees are a plus--investors should take note of its high volatility.
The costs of shorting aren't always visible, but they can exact a price.
The world is these alternatives managers' oyster.
We highlight three that were Oscar-worthy--for reasons both heroic and scary.
These alternatives managers did more with less.
We are developing a pool of potential candidates.
There's more than meets the eye to CalPERS' decision to jettison hedge funds.
ProShares' Simeon Hyman sees new alternative ETF products as a way to manage interest-rate risk while still maintaining exposure to credit risk.
Increased institutional use of mutual funds is among the surprises in this year's survey results.
But smaller funds with star potential lurk from afar.
If you're looking for managers who take a distinctive approach, you might want to consider these offerings.
Does a rough 2013 foretell future turbulence for risk-parity strategies?
A buoyant stock market lifted most target-date vessels in 2013.
Will the merger of these offerings help save the firm's managed-payout concept?
Morningstar research shows increased allocations to foreign markets in target-date funds.
Growth for timber companies, land-development businesses, and retailers still has ways to go as the real estate recovery matures, says Third Avenue manager Jason Wolf.