Active Alpha: A Portfolio Approach to Selecting and Managing Alternative Investments

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 12, 2011 - Business & Economics - 400 pages
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"Active alpha is the quest for every sophisticated investor. This book covers all of the key alpha sources currently mined by active managers, reduces the complexity of the subject, and helps the investor get started in the right direction."
-Mark Anson, Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Pensions Management Ltd.

"Long-held traditional methods for investing large portfolios are giving way to new processes that are designed to improve productivity and diversification. These changes find their locus in the sometimes overly mysterious world of absolute return strategies. In this book, Alan Dorsey demystifies that new world and provides a guiding pathway into the future of professional portfolio management. This is an important read for any investor who plans to succeed going forward."
-Britt Harris, Chief Investment Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

"With great lucidity, Alan Dorsey's book, Active Alpha, fills an important void by identifying the relevant institutional features of this complex subject and by providing a unifying analytic framework for understanding and constructing portfolios of alternative assets. For anyone investing in the alternative class, from the new student to the experienced practitioner, Active Alpha is a necessary read. I am recommending it to everyone I know with such an interest, and it is destined to become a much thumbed reference on my shelf."
-Steve Ross, Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics, Sloan School, MIT

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ALAN H. DORSEY is a Managing Director and Alternative Investment Strategist at Lehman Brothers. He is cohead of Portfolio Advisory for the Private Investment Management group that serves Lehman's high-net-worth clients and head of Portfolio Strategy for multi-asset class institutional portfolios with a focus on alternative investments. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Dorsey was managing director and director of non-traditional investments and research at RogersCasey, a leading consultant to pension funds and other institutional investors. He holds a BA in economics from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Since 1997, Dorsey has served as a member of the investment committee for Wesleyan University, where he is a past trustee. He became a trustee for the Lehman Brothers defined benefit pension plan in 2007.

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