The mechanics of dynamics

The retreat from hedge fund strategy-related products looked complete last October with the launch of structured products aimed at shorting the sector. But sophisticated investors can always try investing in dynamic strategies, which can offer excitement, greater transparency and reasonable returns without being linked to hedge fund's excesses. Michael Marray reports


Dynamic strategies have been in existence for several years, ever since structured product providers began working on hedge fund replication techniques. But in the buoyant markets of 2006 and early 2007, when investors were getting such high returns from products such as funds of hedge funds and new asset classes such as commodities, portfolio reallocations into dynamic strategies remained relatively modest.

Things are now very different. Widespread falls in global markets during 2008 and into

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