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Digital Subscriptions > The Hedge Fund Journal > Issue 124 - July 2017 > The Hunt for Alpha Lies in the Short- Term

The Hunt for Alpha Lies in the Short- Term

Delivering differentiating results

Quantitative or systematic investing is more competitive than ever. Cheap computation power, infinite storage capabilities, the proliferation of low-cost but state-ofthe- art data analysis tools, online data scientist communities, combined with the progressive commoditization of well-known quant factors through the “smart beta” tag, undoubtedly raises questions about the value-add of a systematic managers in such an environment. If one hasn’t resigned oneself to the belief that all alpha has become beta, where is this alpha now to be found?

What are the elements that quant managers still can offer today to deliver differentiating results? A prominent factor of any systematic asset manager is ultimately to generate a distinctive return stream, which cannot be replicated by a simple combination of standardized, cheaply available financial products. Hence the objective should be to deliver independent and non-replicable return streams. It seems that in the current environment, this objective has become a much more challenging task than in the past.

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