Systematizing Liquid Alternative Betas

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05/24/2022

On the latest episode of the Behind the Markets podcast, Andrew Beer, Founder and Managing Member of Dynamic Beta Investments, joined regular host Jeremy Schwartz, Global CIO (Chief Investment Officer) at WisdomTree. They discussed:

  • The intentional tightening of financial conditions from Federal Reserve policy and how that has been negative for both stocks and bonds. What assets can serve as diversifiers under this regime? They discussed the unique characteristics of managed futures strategies as one solution for the current inflationary times.
  • Beer began his career at Baupost, and he’s tried to apply learnings from his hedge fund days to develop systematic hedge fund replicating strategies.  
  • Systematic hedge fund replication without the high fees: Beer believes the greatest performance drag from hedge funds is high fees. Dynamic Beta’s investment strategies begin by identifying a sample of relevant hedge fund strategies and then running a risk model to replicate exposures.
  • In the managed futures space, Beer primarily focuses on 10 underlying assets, including currencies, rates, equities and commodities. Signals and exposures are evaluated and traded weekly.
  • Beer also runs a hedged equity program that looks at long/short managers and deduces their net exposure, which often runs, on average, 40% net long. This hedged equity program can dial up and down the aggregate exposure, and two years ago, it would have been as high as 60%. 
  • Institutional consultants are often the ones directing pensions and endowments toward hedge funds, but Beer sees the RIA community and advisor space leveraging his systematic hedge fund replicators.  

 

To learn more about Beer and Dynamic Beta’s systematic strategies, listen to the full podcast below. 

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Jeremy Schwartz has served as our Global Chief Investment Officer since November 2021 and leads WisdomTree’s investment strategy team in the construction of WisdomTree’s equity indexes, quantitative active strategies and multi-asset model portfolios. Mr. Schwartz joined WisdomTree in May 2005 as a Senior Analyst, adding to his responsibilities in February 2007 as Deputy Director of Research and thereafter, from October 2008 to October 2018, as Director of Research and from November 2018 to November 2021 as Global Head of Research. Prior to joining WisdomTree, he was head research assistant for Professor Jeremy Siegel and helped with the research and writing of Stocks for the Long Run and The Future for Investors. Mr. Schwartz also is co-author of the Financial Analysts Journal paper, What Happened to the Original Stocks in the S&P 500? He received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and hosts the Wharton Business Radio program Behind the Markets on SiriusXM 132. Mr. Schwartz is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.