By Claire Makin
After years of questioning the foundations of the investment
industry, Michael Azlen has clear ideas about what does and
does not add value. Azlen, the executive chairman and founder
of Frontier Investment Management, believes that very few
managers can beat the averages after fees and costs, and that
the investment world should be more honest about it.
Given this harsh reality, Frontier aims to capture the
'betas' of different asset classes to provide a low-cost
alternative to active management.
Along the way, Frontier has created a unique hedge fund
tracker product that blends synthetic replicators with single
managers. "We've produced a way to access hedge fund returns
with low cost and high liquidity and without the Madoff
factor," Azlen says. He strongly believes that alternative
betas delivered in innovative ways are where the future of the
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