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16 September 2016       CIO

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As a consultant focusing on alternative assets, John Claisse wants to address the elephant in the room: hedge funds. Performance for the investment vehicle—don’t let Claisse catch you calling hedge funds an asset class—may have disappointed recently in the broadest sense of things. But Albourne's CEO believes good investment decisions require a more narrow focus. “There are parts of the hedge fund space that are performing and parts that have been underperforming,” he argues. “There’s a very broad range of managers and quality out there. A well-constructed hedge fund portfolio with skilled managers can provide a real contribution.” That’s not to say the hedge fund model is perfect—far from it. One of Claisse’s goals at Albourne is to improve that model so that investors’ interests are more aligned with those of managers. So far, he says hedge funds have already made great strides on liquidity, transparency, and governance. Up next? Fees.