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New Managers March 2012

NewManagers March 2012 - Opalesque's Emerging Managers Monitor


Benedicte Gravrand

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of New Managers, Opalesque's monthly monitor of emerging hedge fund managers.

In Statistics, Peter Urbani demonstrates that the Opalesque Emanagers Index (February results on page 3) is highly suitable as a benchmark, because it can be easily replicated with a low tracking error. He goes on to highlight some of the main contributors to the recreated Index's risk and return characteristics through a risk decomposition.

The view that it might be best to leave the emerging manager selection, checking and monitoring to a specialist, such as a fund of funds or a multi-manager programme for example, came to us from different corners this month.

Lisa Fridman of PAAMCO and William Benjamin of HSBC, both part of a FoF management team, talk to Opalesque about their preferences and procedures, while we look at the latest Citi Finance report on early investors in detail in Focus. Hedge fund research expert Katherine Hill tells Opalesque what investors really look for in emerging managers in Q&A. Several analysts recommend bucking the trend of investing in well-known names and instead investing in multi-manager programmes of emerging managers, as there are good chances that the latter might provide outperformance in their early years in The Analytical View.

In Profiles, meet the managers of Acacia's long/short equity fund, Coherence's future fixed income hedge fund, and Noblesse Oblige's forex managed account.

I hope you enjoy our third issue of New Managers.

Please, do contact me if you have any related news.

Benedicte Gravrand......................

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