FGG and Wilshire Funds Management will work together to create customizable investment strategies for institutional clients that combine alpha and beta in one turnkey portable alpha solution. FGGâs role in this relationship will be to provide institutional quality alpha solutions while Wilshire Funds Management will act as the beta manager.
âWe are very excited to have FGG as a partner in the portable alpha space,â said Lawrence E. Davanzo, Senior Managing Director and head of Wilshire Funds Management. âWilshire has been active in risk management for more than 30 years and was the first firm to provide beta measurement technology solutions to investment managers beginning in the early 1970s. We think that this turnkey solution combines a quality source of alpha with an appropriate management of beta. Clients will have an extra layer of comfort knowing they have two firms
with extensive experience as fiduciaries overseeing their portable alpha program.â
Jeffrey Tucker, one of FGGâs Founding Partners, commented: âWe are delighted to have a partner as respected and capable as Wilshire in this new endeavor. We are confident that this is an extremely attractive portable alpha program, one which we believe offers a very seamless, efficient, and powerful investment strategy.â
Portable alpha is the process of gaining synthetic access to an index through the use of futures or swaps while overlaying an equal allocation to an uncorrelated alpha source. Excess returns over the index are produced when the alpha source produces returns in excess of the cost of attaining the beta (and any additional fees).