Skandia team leader explains UCITS allocation strategy
Thu Dec 8, 2011
In the first of a two part series, John Ventre from Skandia Investment Group, discusses how the SIG team gains alpha using absolute return UCITS funds.
Skandia Investment Group is one of the largest investors to
use absolute return funds which utilise the UCITS wrapper. The
London-based group currently invests about $388.5 million
(£250 million) in alternative UCITS funds primarily using
a manager-of-managers approach.
John Ventre is the lead portfolio manager for SIG's
multi-asset funds. Before moving to Skandia in 2007, he was
involved with Alternative Investment Strategies, the first fund
of hedge funds listed on the London Stock Exchange.
John Ventre from Skandia Investment Group
The firm has been an early investor in many alternative UCITS
funds that are mainly unknown to retail investors including
Fulcrum Asset Management's Alternative Beta Fund Plus Fund and
GLC's statistical arbitrage fund Gestalt. Last month it
partnered with London-based hedge fund manager Aspect Capital
to launch a single-strategy fund.
Ventre says: "I have been an early investor in a number of
externally managed absolute return UCITS funds. I am happy
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