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Carden Capital bets on volatility

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers:

Machine driven strategies are having a bit of a moment in the hedge fund world right now. Systematic funds have outperformed other strategies at a time when all eyes seem to be on performance and price. The same is true for the liquid alternatives space, where investors have been underwhelmed with some product categories and are on the hunt for new sources of uncorrelated return in the mutual fund wrapper. While these trends are putting pressure on some active managers, California-based Carden Capital is taking advantage of investor interest in systematic strategies to talk to investors about volatility as an asset class.

Carden offers a handful of products ranging from a hedge fund strategy to a suite of liquid alternatives that blend volatility hedges with equities and fixed income. "We think that the traditional 60/40 portfolio model is a dying model," explains Scott Spangler, Senior Wealth Manager at Carden Capital. "Bonds have nowhere to go with interest rates where they are. Volatility is starting to get noticed as a diversifier and a provider of uncorrelated return."

The investment team at Carden has a background in private debt and quantitative hedge fund strategies, and they use those skill sets to inform their current approach. According to Gavan Duemke, Managing Partner at Carden, one of the things he noticed when he star......................

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