Looking Ahead to 2011: The Hedge Fund Industry Speaks (Part II)

Dec 23 2010 | 5:17am ET

As 2011 approaches, we caught up with some industry experts to ask them what they thought next year has in store for the world’s financial markets in general, and hedge funds in particular.

Here, is the second installment of responses from hedge fund industry experts, with more to come in the following days.

Troy BucknerTroy BucknerTroy Buckner, Managing Principal, NuWave Investment Management

“The prospects for continued global economic uncertainty throughout 2011 should yield enhanced profit opportunities for ‘long-volatility’ divergence-oriented strategies.

“The search for total return by investors who possess definite yield requirements, such as pension plans and insurers, should result in significant flows into managed futures strategies, which have historically demonstrated absolute return capabilities while also offering the additional benefits of regulation, liquidity and transparency.”

Jack McDonaldJack McDonaldJack McDonald, CEO, Conifer Group

“2011 will be characterized by increased funding of emerging/small-midsized managers (and start-ups) who have historically outperformed their larger brethren.

"Institutions will increase their allocations to alternatives while family offices/HNW will rejoin the party. Investors will focus ever more on liquidity and transparency/reporting.”

Piers DennePiers DennePiers Denne, Head of Sales and Marketing, Future Capital Partners

“We believe that there will be three key drivers for next year in terms of investing clients’ assets: protecting the principle from erosion, generating income for clients who are principle-rich but income-poor and making investments in the most tax-efficient manner possible.

“The feedback we receive is that wealth managers are exploring more esoteric and environmentally friendly investments to add diversification and the possibility of ‘pure’ alpha (i.e. alpha that is not diluted by other investments within the same investment vehicle). To that extent the green investment market has never had more visibility as an investment option for clients. With significant government support via financial incentives, and mandated legislation, particularly around the use of fossil fuels for transport, it is understandable this focus has arisen.”

Looking Ahead to 2011: The Hedge Fund Industry Speaks

Part I
- Rory Hills, Hilltop Fund Management
- Michael DeJarnette, NorthPoint Trading Partners
- Basil Williams, Concordia Advisors

Part II
- Troy Buckner, NuWave Investment Management
- Jack McDonald, Conifer Group
- Piers Denne, Future Capital Partners

Part III
- Jeff Holland, Liongate Capital Management
- Jonathan Neill, FPP Asset Management
- Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners

Part IV
- Graham Stock, Insparo Asset Management
- Sal Gilbertie, Teucrium Corn Fund
- Robert Jersey, GarWood Securities
- Amit Shabi, Bernheim Dreyfus & Co.


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