Manager Proposes Beta Strategy

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (HedgeWorld.com)--As money managers continue searching for alpha, Alternative Investment Partners co-founder Lee Schultheis is focused on beta--on the Beta Hedged Strategies Fund, that is.

As a follow-up to his three-year-old Alpha Hedged Strategies Fund, Mr. Schultheis is preparing his second hedge fund strategy that is slated to launch in March.

The Beta fund, like its sibling, will be offered as a mutual fund to financial advisers and investors who are looking for something a little bit more aggressive and that may fit as a substitute for equity in an investor's portfolio.

"We are launching the Beta Hedged Strategies Fund to meet the demand for this alternative risk/reward profile," said Mr. Schultheis in a statement. "Alpha has been used by advisers for more conservative clients, while Beta is designed to be more attractive to the investor seeking a higher rate of return, but still reduced risk profile vis-?? 1/2 -vis equity market indexes."

The Alpha fund has US$150 million and is an open-end mutual fund similar to a fund of hedge funds in that it hires sub-advisers to the fund. The portfolio includes exposure to distressed securities, earnings revision long/short equity, momentum long/short equity, REIT long/short equity, deep discount value long/short equity, international long/short equity, global long/short equity, merger arbitrage, fixed-income arbitrage and convertible arbitrage.

SBarreto@HedgeWorld.com

Contact Bob Keane with questions or comments at bkeane@investmentadvisor.com.

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