DENVER, March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equinox Fund Management, LLC ("Equinox"), an innovator in alternative investment solutions, hosted a day-long conference on February 28, 2013, in New York City. The conference focused on financial advisor education, particularly strategies useful in designing and integrating customized managed futures investments. The conference included a presentation by Dr. Thomas Schneeweis, Professor of Finance from the University of Massachusetts, and featured panelists from Commodity Trading Advisors ("CTAs") participating in the Equinox Alternative Strategy Platform.
The Equinox Alternative Strategy Platform provides institutions, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), and private banks with access to what Equinox believes are premier alternative investment strategies through mutual fund structures. Each mutual fund on the platform is managed by a different CTA, providing advisors with the ability to customize client exposure to diverse strategies, timeframes, and sectors. Equinox believes the platform offers exceptional convenience, uniform structure, and the streamlined investment process of 1940 Act funds. Each fund features institutional pricing and transparency, and seeks daily liquidity.
Representatives from the following CTAs participated as conference speakers and panelists: Abraham Trading Company, BH-DG Systematic Trading, Campbell & Company, Chesapeake Capital, Crabel Capital Management, Eclipse Capital, John Locke Investments, Mesirow Financial Commodities Management, Quality Capital Management, and Tiverton Trading. Of the ten CTAs, nine are currently available for investment through the Equinox Alternative Strategy Platform; BH-DG is expected to join the platform later this year.
Dr. Thomas Schneeweis, a pioneer of managed futures research and analysis, gave the keynote address: "Managed Futures: An Academic Perspective." Dr. Schneeweis applied a range of analytics to evaluate the diversifying properties of managed futures investments, assessing the impact of the asset class on risk and return over short and long-term timeframes. Other academic sessions discussed approaches to managed futures investing and the role of managed futures in portfolio construction.
Robert Enck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Equinox, warmly assessed the outcome of the conference: "We at Equinox have always viewed investor education as one of our critical mandates. We are fortunate to have deep relationships with the thought leaders, innovators, and established veterans of the alternative investment community. The Equinox Alternative Strategy Platform answers a critical need for a customizable and flexible format within this asset class, appealing to sophisticated investors who recognize the impact of managed futures on total portfolio return. We are grateful to the conference participants for being so generous with their insight and time. We look forward to continued partnership with them through the growth and expansion of the Equinox Alternative Strategy Platform."
Richard Bornhoft, Chief Investment Officer of Equinox, echoed Mr. Enck's emphasis on education: "The managed futures asset class has witnessed unprecedented growth over the past decade. We attribute this momentum in part to enhanced investor education. As investors learn more about the potential benefits of managed futures, we are confident that the asset class offers the potential for accelerated growth and widespread acceptance."
Equinox Fund Management has been an innovator in alternative investment product development and distribution since its founding in 2003. In December 2009, Equinox launched the MutualHedge Frontier Legends Fund (ticker: MHFAX), the first actively managed mutual fund with exposure to Commodity Trading Advisor programs. Equinox also sponsors the Equinox Commodity Strategy Fund, an actively managed portfolio of commodity traders who invest both long and short, with a focus on physical commodities, and The Frontier Fund, a managed futures public commodity pool that seeks daily liquidity.
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