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Still Seeking Beta?
Still Seeking Beta?

There were many surprises for us at the start of 2020. The halt to life as we knew it, with contrary and questionable statistics, bringing the light the need for clear, reliable data. The impact to many of our portfolio companies, much of which is still unfolding, highlighting how much the manner in which a firm operates may not be obvious to investors[1]. One clear surprise for the investment community was how several investment strategies that had promised diversification or pure alpha returns transpired to correlate highly to the market.

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Accessing Alpha
Accessing Alpha

Investors have three ways to generate returns in tradable markets. Invest in deposits or government bonds to earn a risk-free rate of return (time value of money); Take on various market and factor risks to earn the respective risk premia (betas); Find inefficiencies and dislocations in markets and capture this excess returns (alpha).

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