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The Single-Malt Hedge Fund

Combining a Great Strategy with a Strong Brand There’s a high concentration of Scotch distilleries in Scotland: over 100 fully-licensed operations on an island with a population of < 5.5M people. To put it in perspective, there are more Scotch whisky distilleries than there are McDonald’s outlets in Scotland. On top of that, there are plenty more start-up distilleries entering […]

The Best Sales Training Story… Ever

Have you watched The Wolf of Wall Street? There’s a scene in the movie where someone is asked to sell a pen. My story also involves a pen. This happened long before the movie came out. I was a young punk who thought he knew more than he did.  (Some would argue that the only difference between then and now […]

Liar Liar

I have been lying to clients for years – and now I am coming clean. Hi. My name is JD…and I am a liar. These are my colleagues – and they are liars, too. They are just too ashamed to admit it. Man, it feels good to get that off my chest! If this were one of those “little white” […]

Marketing Risk Versus Investment Risk: A Manager’s Perspective

Hedge Fund managers risk millions, if not billions, of dollars every day. To better the world? Hardly. It is a business, and like any other business, they are out for profits. If we were ruling out altruistic motivations, which more often than not we can, logic would dictate that a manager would optimize risk to maximize the profitability of the […]

DITMo: Eavesdropping on an Adviser Meeting at Starbucks

by Peter J. de Marigny Statistical Mistakes Advisers Tell Clients  I was sitting at a table waiting for my appointment to show up at a local Starbucks when I overheard a financial adviser speaking to a client.  The colored chart printouts for asset allocation relative to the client’s investment horizon, liquidity requirements and risk tolerance filtered down to representative investments […]

The Great Contradiction

  Asset managers tend to be quite disparaging when it comes to marketing. Because it is all about relationships, right? Not exactly…   WHY DOES AN ALLOCATOR FAVOR CONNECTING WITH THOSE HE OR SHE KNOWS AND TRUSTS?   It’s much the same reason that any of us favor a known entity. We extrapolate forward, believing that the next exchange will […]

DITMo: Red Heifer versus Black Swan

by Peter J. de Marigny Introducing “The Red Heifer” in Capital Markets A “Red Heifer” is a rare event condition, however, it is an event that differs from a “Black Swan” in that it is not a return observation within a sample of chained return measurements.  A “Red Heifer” event is one that creates its own discrete data series.  A […]

DITMo: Death of the Black Swan

by Peter J. de Marigny “I cannot get there from here, baby And I don’t care where I’m goin’ Change, Unchained… Nothing Stays the Same” Lyrics from the Van Halen song, Unchained, may be applied to investors’ skeptical view of how asset returns are “chained” together for attributions.  These “chained” returns are then used to create an attribution of returns […]

DITMo: Hedging without Shorting?

by Peter J de Marigny, DITMo Capital, Newport Beach, CA In a bull market hedged portfolios generally underperform.  The problem for most investors is that reducing risk requires forgoing upside benefit.  Should reducing risk be a question of diversification only?  This is an approach of many financial advisors using mean variance historical returns to show an “efficient frontier” curve.  The […]

What is Your Security Attitude? Hedge Funds + Private Equity Firms Take Note

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years when it comes to cyber security, it’s that there’s a whole lot more to creating a secure investment firm than robust technology. Before identifying infrastructure components and implementing operational policies, a firm must first be clear on what its attitude is toward security. This attitude will filter through the company from the […]

Essential Building Blocks to Hedge Fund Cyber Risk Management

The following article originally appeared in HFMWeek’s Cyber Compliance Focus. It’s not enough to have strong security policies. And it’s not enough to have robust technologies in place to ward off cyber threats. In truth, it’s not even enough to have both of these. An effective cybersecurity program, rather, can only be achieved through a consistent and comprehensive strategy that […]

Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Airs a Lesson in Laptop Security

By: Mary Beth Hamilton, Vice President of Marketing, Eze Castle Integration I just finished Season 1 of Showtime’s ‘Billions’ and can’t resist calling out the horrible IT security on a key character’s laptop. ‘Billions’ centers on a multi-billion dollar CT hedge fund and federal prosecutors looking to take them down for financial crimes. [Spoiler Alert] As season 1 nears an […]

Video For Your Fund? It’s Long Overdue.

  Video is not a new trend in marketing, but it keeps growing in importance. Anyone with access to the internet or a television doesn’t have to be told of video’s use to captivate an audience. However, the use of video has not spread as rapidly into as many industries as it should have; the alternative investments industry is one […]

Six Myths about Hedge Fund Cybersecurity

This article was written by Eze Castle Integration, a Cisco Solution Partner. The cybersecurity threat landscape constantly evolves, leaving behind significant operational and reputational harm for financial services firms. Cyber-attacks such as those impacting LinkedIn, Talk-Talk, Yahoo and Sony have forced cybersecurity into the limelight via news making headlines, enough to fill any business with trepidation. We hear and see […]

2017: The Year Fund Marketing Gets Bold

WHILE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES IN THE ALTERNATIVES SPACE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SOPHISTICATED, MARKETING STRATEGIES HAVE NEVER BEEN.   However, modern marketing is starting to be embraced by fund managers and is beginning to gain momentum by following the lead set years ago by every other industry.   We believe this industry has hit an inflection point. 2017 will be the year […]




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