J.P. Morgan Asset Management recently launched its first alternative and actively managed ETF, the JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF (JPHF). The ETF provides investors with diversified exposure to hedge funds strategies including equity long/short, event driven and global macro strategies.
JPHF was designed and is managed by Yazann Romahi, CIO of Quantitative Beta Strategies at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. A pioneer in hedge fund beta investing, Romahi created the ETF with the support of a team of 17 investment specialists who have been focused on beta philosophy research and development for more than a decade. In addition, the team manages over $3.5bn of assets in alternative beta with this ETF being the latest extension of their offering.
JPHF aims to democratize hedge fund investing by providing investors with institutional quality hedge fund strategy in a cost efficient, tradeable ETF wrapper. The ETF can serve as a core component of a portfolio’s alternatives allocation. The bottom-up approach results in a purer capture of the hedge fund exposure and better diversification than traditional hedge fund replication strategies, as it employs strategies that have true low correlation to traditional markets.
“In the past, alternative investments have been an exclusive option only accessible by a small portion of investors; however, JPHF now makes these investment vehicles available to a wider array of investors,” said Robert Deutsch, Head of ETFs for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. “Alternative beta strategies provide investors with true diversification with attractive liquidity, transparency and cost.”
With the launch of JPHF, J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Diversified Return ETF suite features nine product offerings. J.P. Morgan manages more than $120bn in alternatives globally.