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    How Stride Aims to Disrupt Seeding

Opalesque – April 10, 2018

Connecticut is home to the third largest concentration of hedge fund talent in world. Many of the original and most successful hedge fund firms are located here. But the industry is also constantly renewing and bringing forth impressive talents and seasoned investment professionals starting new firms, some of which are represented at this 7th Opalesque Connecticut Roundtable, sponsored by the Singapore Exchange:

  1. Nancy Davis, Managing Partner, Quadratic Capital
  2. Michael Syn, Head of Derivatives, Singapore Exchange
  3. Spencer Lampert, Chairman, CIO, Exelauno Capital Management
  4. Don Rogers, Founder and Managing Partner, Stride Capital Group
  5. Rick Doucette, CEO, CIO, Antecapio Investment Partners


At the Roundtable meeting in Stamford, CT, the group produced extraordinarily important insights on a wide range of subjects:

  • How Stride Capital aims to disrupt the way seeding has been done in the past (page 20-21). Why talent is not enough (page 11, 29). What strategies are attractive for Stride? (page 11)
  • How can investment managers keep their edge in a changing world? What should investment managers learn from top athletes?(page 8). How to determine an investment manager’s edge (page 14-16)
  • How data science has changed Formula One racing – implications for investment management (page 10-11
  • The vast majority of asset managers, at least 95%, manage risk through stop losses. But is there a better way to protect against losses? (page 13,17-18). Why most portfolios are short liquidity and short volatility (page 13). What is liquidity risk, really? (page 14)
  • Uses and limits of AI and Machine Learning in Finance (page 14)
  • The four market conditions every investor should analyze and consider (page 16-17)
  • What is the treasury function for a long/short fund, and why is it important? (page 19)
  • How are the financial marketplace rules developing in Asia? (page 20, 31-32)
  • The position of the investor today (page 21). How can investors mitigate the issue of subjectivity? (page 6) Bespoke services as the future (page 25). Understanding capacity restrictions (page 24). The brilliance, limits and Roman roots of the incentive fee (page 26-27). The growth and evolution of the US family offices (page 27)
  • The invasion of marginal talent: Hedge funds and the investment counseling business of the late ’60s, early ’70s (page 23). What is the caliber of investment talent entering the market now? (page 28-29). What is a “stranded asset manager”?
  • How investment platforms of the future will disrupt financial services (page 30-31)