Following the trends

John McGillian likes to cover all the bases and work all the angles. The 49-year-old owner of Symmetry Partners relocated from Paris to Boston a year ago and has positioned himself to react to trends in the Alternative Investment Market.

From his perspective, as an asset allocator for individual and institutional investors, the greatest opportunities these days are in commodity trading advisers (CTAs) and macro-style hedge funds. Pure equity hedge funds have become magnets for deep-pocketed prim