Van Eck Acquires Lyster Watson Beta Indices

Jul 19 2012 | 10:29am ET

Van Eck Associates has bought Lyster Watson's hedge fund beta business.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Van Eck will call its suite of hedge fund beta indices Trackers; two are already available as investment products.

Those two strategies, North American and emerging markets long/short equity, currently have more than $75 million in assets under management. Trackers indices also cover Western Europe, developed Asia and global long/short strategies and event-driven equity. Only strategies that can be statistically replicated by U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds are included.

"We're very excited to add the Hedge Fund Beta Team and its sophisticated methodology to our alternatives group," said Jan van Eck. "Their innovative approach to tracking hedge fund performance is a great fit with our existing alternative strategies and is an approach we believe has applications for investors looking to build and manage a diversified alternative investment portfolio."

The Tracker suite is managed by Marc Freed, Mark Hurrell and Ben McMillan.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…