Opalesque Roundtable Series - U.S. West Coast 2009
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The Challenge of "Becoming Institutional"
What 2008 means for Asset Allocation
This new Opalesque Roundtable focuses on the U.S. West Coast. From 1999 to 2001, particularly the San Francisco area boasted a whole flurry of long-short equity managers specializing on tech, small and micro caps. With the tech-meltdown in 2002, many of those went away. The participants of this Roundtable discuss the segments of the local hedge fund industry which are still standing up; one sector has even set a global standard.
A large part of this Roundtable deals with how hedge funds and start-ups can overcome their biggest challenge: securing seeding/funding, how to raise assets and how to "become institutional". Seasoned hedge fund investors and consultants offer in-depth, detailed advice and strategies how hedge funds and start-up can successfully address these issues and grow their business.
The Roundtable also discussed how and why asset allocation has become the single-most commonly discussed topic among many allocators and hedge fund investors. The traditional 60:40 mix does not work - it subjects investors to undue volatility, and an "equities for the long run" is a rather naive approach. Asset allocation strategy turns out to be much more than an academic exercise, as these decisions have real human consequences. The billions in wealth destruction across pensions, endowments and personal savings will impose very real hardships on many people. The experts at this Opalesque Roundtable offer important insights and suggestions around asset allocation.
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