Presenting the findings of his research at GAIM, Thomas Schneeweis, Director/CISDM from the University of Massachusetts, concluded that Manager Selection gives institutional investors little evidence of persistence. He demonstrated that either a Strategic or a Tactical Asset Allocation approach adds the most alpha to institutional portfolios. Difference's between the two asset allocation approaches are:
Strategic - A long-term normal asset mix that represents a desirable balance of risk and return. The addition of hedge funds to a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds can either add returns by keeping risk consistent, or lower risk by keeping returns consistent. Strategic Allocation is used when investors utilize coincident indicators, (such as individual hedge fund style risk and return parameters) to form a model portfolio.
Tactical - An active departure from a strategic asset mix, that can be used to replicate returns of traditional stock and bond portfolios by combining different hedge fund styles in an efficient manner. Tactical Allocation is used when investors utilize certain financial variables, (i.e. change in credit risk premiums) to determine the relative performance.
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