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Flexibility, innovation are the 'new name of the game’ for funds of hedge funds

Friday, February 07, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Participants at the latest Opalesque Roundtable Geneva agreed that flexibility, innovation and research must come into the equation if funds of hedge funds are to thrive.

Arié Assayag, Global CEO of Union Bancaire Privée Alternative Investments, a fund of funds branch of the Swiss bank, said that UBP had developed unique proprietary functions that allow them to reduce unwanted risk, which is done via overlays, using options and volatility instruments in an opportunistic way.

However, he said that what makes UBP different is not so much the ability to reduce risk, but to actually take risk. "We have decades of investment experience with hedge funds, and while, as I explained, hedge fund investments can include risks that we don’t want, in many cases there are risks that we feel an investor should gain exposure to. For those reasons we have developed a program where basically we are adding or reducing exposure to a specific macro theme or risk," he explained.

For the alternative investment industry, "the new name of the game is obviously to be more flexible and provide flexible solutions for everyone,"said Patrick Fenal, deputy chairman of Unigestion, a boutique asset manager with almost $15bn in AuM.

"While UBP has de......................

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