What’s in the box? Bad year reveals alt premia’s gaps

Average fund is down almost 5%, but gap between best and worst performers is 14%

Alternative risk premia managers are struggling to make sense of a year from their nightmares – a period that has exposed big differences between funds, even though they carry similar labels and employ the same well-known rules-based strategies.

Portfolios across the sector have shed nearly 5% on average since January through a series of month-on-month convulsions – the Vix blowup in February, a value-stocks slide in the early summer, emerging market turmoil in August, and market reversals in

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