How Creative Investors Address Alpha Erosion - Masterclass in Skillful Investing


A Masterclass in Skillful Investing with Prof. Francois-Serge Lhabitant and Panayiotis Lambropoulos, CFA, CAIA, FRM

Key Content:

  • The erosion of alpha in a challenging return environment - how can investors think differently or creatively?
  • Hedge Funds make sense - but you need the right process to select them
  • Seeking alternative sources of return from smaller managers
  • Emerging managers: The Why and How. Case studies and advice on how to research and approach this segment
  • Alpha is dynamic - but you can still track, identify and use it
  • Markets change - some strategies (managers) weaken, others emerge
  • Genesis and purpose of the Employees Retirement System of Texas' emerging hedge fund manager program (Launchpad): Objectives, Process and executed investments
  • Advice for Investment Managers that are trying to raise capital. How can they stand out in all the noise?
Francois-Serge Lhabitant is a Professor of Finance at the Edhec Business School and a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has been researching hedge funds since 1994 and is considered a specialist in alternative investments, known globally for his work on hedge funds and emerging markets.

Panayiotis Lambropoulos, CFA, CAIA, FRM, is a Portfolio Manager at the Employees Retirement System of Texas - a $28 billion retirement plan - located in Austin, Texas. His responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential third party managers deploying all types of alternative investment strategies.

Panayiotis' focus is on the Trust's Absolute Return Portfolio as well as Opportunistic Credit allocation. Lastly, he is responsible for the Trust's Emerging Hedge Fund Manager program - ERS Launchpad - which he proposed and spearheaded.

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