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The Taper at the Beach: Pimco, the Fed and a Quantitative Approach to the World’s Largest Bond Fund

In the WSJ’s February 24th exposé of the turmoil at the helm of Pimco, we saw a curious bit about tension at “the Beach” increasing in the summer of 2013. During this period, according to the Journal, conflict between then co-CIOs Bill Gross and Mohamed E-Erian became apparent to staff, and Gross restricted trading at […]

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Challenges in Analyzing PIMCO Total Return and Other Liquid Alternatives

Is a given hedge fund manager generating alpha?  Can that alpha be captured through more liquid alternative vehicles?  How can an investor truly reveal a portfolio’s net factor exposures when traditional assets are often being intermingled with credit default swaps, options, futures and leverage?  These questions continue to stymie investors – even though answers may […]

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Chart of the Week: Update on Bridgewater All Weather

In recent weeks risk parity[1] funds have been the focus of particularly unfavorable reports on their performance.  Bridgewater’s All Weather Portfolio, the original and most famous risk parity fund, is often held up as an example. The risk parity approach has performed particularly well over the past decade, minimizing losses during both the tech bubble […]

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Chart of the Week: Bridgewater All Weather and Permanent Portfolio

Progenitors of risk parity and TIPS, facilitators of the Chicken McNugget, and managers of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associate’s now $65bn All Weather Fund has become legend amongst institutional investors (to say nothing of other asset management firms) looking to weatherproof their beta and modernize their portfolios. Predicated on Ray Dalio, Bob Prince […]

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Chart of the Week: Sector Underperformance Can Hit Even Top Stock Pickers

Investors with Vontobel Asset Management’s Rajiv Jain, Morningstar’s 2012 International-Stock Fund Manager of the Year, have a lot to be happy about. His 40 Act funds under the Virtus label performed very well in 2012 – to say nothing of their longer-term performance – and his Virtus Foreign Opportunities Fund (JVIAX) outperformed the MSCI All […]

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