If you could build your own mutual fund, what would it include?
Andrew Rogers heads a firm that allows advisors to do just that. The CEO of Gemini Fund Services says it helps with all aspects of starting a pooled investment product as well as converting existing funds.
Rogers is seeing three areas of growth, all involving alternative investments. The first is a big uptick in interest in “the hedge fund to mutual fund conversion,” particularly with so-called multi-strategy products.
“The JOBS Act now allows hedge funds to advertise,” he notes. “This is ultimately, I think, a good thing because they can now promote their performance, and advisors can show clients how well certain strategies that they now have access to are performing.”
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The second area of growth involves the ongoing (and increasingly desperate) search for yield with minimal accompanying interest-rate risk. It’s driving interest in hedged fixed-income, long/short fixed-income and REIT and real estate products, he adds.