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 to...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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