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The CIO Perspective: Alternative Assets and the Secret to Manager Selection

A Chief Investment Officer gets candid on his thoughts around hedge funds as alternative assets and manager selection criteria.





Alternative assets are slowly becoming a more recognized asset class. A number of factors have played into this, but what are they? And where do hedge fund allocations fit in? Adi Digvi might have the answers.

Adi Digvi is the President and CIO of EA Global and Head of Alternatives & Director of CRE at Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. Digvi is a member of our investments vertical. We sat down with Digvi to discuss his thoughts on alternative investments and the crucial traits he takes into account when it comes to manager selection.



Key Takeaways: 

  • Alternative assets are becoming a more recognized asset class.

  • Hedge Funds have formerly been thought of as too liquid to be an alternative allocation, but that perception is changing.

  • There’s been an explosion of dollars to deploy in this asset class, this has made manager selection even more crucial within this asset class.

  • After the global financial crisis in 2009, there has been a lot of skepticism when it comes to this asset class; the distress cycle is always on everyone’s minds.

  • When choosing a manger, keep in mind how they performed during the downturn as well as the recovery period.

  • Turnover is an important metric - make sure to pick a manager who can meet goals during times of high turnover.

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