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Alternative Beta and Robots (Zurich)

Event Description

Like other industries, asset management is undergoing a process of automation. Passive index funds continue to gain market share from actively managed funds. Moreover, robo-advisors are now helping to tailor portfolios to individual clients. Recently, this trend has also spread to alternative investments: semi-passive, low-cost alternative beta funds now compete with hedge funds in harvesting risk premia and in implementing systematic trading strategies.


In this talk, Christof Schmidhuber will first introduce a set of alternative beta building blocks. Based on real track records, he’ll demonstrate that they can replicate hedge fund indices at low cost and with high liquidity. He’ll then show how to integrate these alternative beta building blocks into traditional long-only portfolios. They can enhance returns by new risk premia, and add an automated tactical asset allocation on top of the strategic asset allocation.


Christof will outline how to tailor these building blocks to the investment objectives and constraints of individual clients and how to efficiently implement them with the help of smart robo-advisors. Finally, he’ll discuss limitations of this approach.


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Society; Educational

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Start Time

28/02/2018 12:15

End Time

28/02/2018 13:45





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​Saxo Bank - Trading Lounge

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Beethovenstrasse 33, 8002 Zurich


Speaker: Christof Schmidhuber, PhD., CFA​

Christof Schmidhuber is the founder of Molecule Capital in Zürich. Formerly, he was the founder and CEO of Syndex Capital Management, a FINMA-authorized asset manager focusing on alternative beta strategies and hedge fund replication. Christof also held a number of senior positions in the Alternative Investment industry, including Chief Risk Officer at Quantica Capital and Global Head of Risk Management for funds of funds at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for market risk management and operational due diligence on hedge funds together with his teams in New York and Zürich. Christof received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from CalTech and also worked as a physicist/lecturer at Princeton University, Bern University, and CERN.

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