Embracing portable alpha

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The idea of arranging a portfolio specifically to have one part exposed to alpha and another to beta - as opposed to traditional asset allocation models that simply advocate diversification across markets, giving a mixture of alpha and beta returns - is familiar to most professional investors. Investment companies have been marketing the concept to pension funds for at least 20 years. So it was always going to be a matter of time until some bright sparks began looking for ways to use structu