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Alternative Beta and Robots (Geneva)

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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

01/03/2018 12:15

End Time

01/03/2018 13:45





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​Warwick Hotel

14 rue de Lausanne

1201 Geneva


Speaker: Christof Schmidhuber, PhD., CFA

Christof Schmidhuber is the founder of Molecule Capital in Zürich. Previously, he founded Syndex Capital Management, a FINMA-authorized asset manager focusing on alternative beta strategies and hedge fund replication. Christof has been working in the alternative investment industry for two decades, including as Chief Risk Officer at Quantica Capital, as Global Head of Risk Management for funds of funds at Credit Suisse, and as deputy head of the quantitative group at Man/RMF. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and also worked as a physicist/lecturer at Princeton University, Bern University, and CERN.

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