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Can We Count On Absolute Returns?

Posted on 20 August 2014

“True faith,” said William Ralph Inge, the one-time dean of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, “is belief in the reality of absolute values.” Apparently, American exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors can be counted among the faithful. Why? Because they’ve committed nearly $1.7 billion into so-called “absolute return” products.
These funds aim to consistently produce positive returns, regardless of market conditions, through non-traditional management, i.e. by employing short sales, derivatives, leverage and/or investing in unconventional assets. Rather than being benchmarked against the more common metrics such as the S&P 500 or the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index, the hurdles for absolute return ETFs are typically the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) or Treasury Bills………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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