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Hear our expert staff and Members speak on topics ranging from practical strategies in hedge fund investing to the importance of education in the alternatives space.

As the landscape of investments undergoes a remarkable shift with 'alternatives' taking center stage, the CAIA Association is taking a leadership role in the development of a modernized and relevant set of fiduciary practices for investment professionals and capital allocators to embrace. With the launch of our Open Comment Period on March 5, we invited all stakeholders to join us on this transformative journey, recognizing the need for principles that not only align with the industry's current trajectory but also lay the groundwork for a sustainable and responsible future for alternative investments.

In this presentation, Mike Green, Portfolio Manager and Chief Strategist at Simplify, discussed how passive investing has:

- Increased correlations between securities
- Increased valuations regardless of fundamentals
- Reduced market elasticity raising the risks of extraordinary price movements
- Increased market concentration
- And has reduced the ability for new companies to become public

There's never been a more crucial time to stand out. The transformative effect of data science on the finance industry requires today's finance professionals to understand the application of big data, data mining, workflow automation and machine learning in investment decisions. Learn more about the FDP Community along with the Charter curriculum and a roadmap to prepare for the upcoming FDP exam. This session provided an outline of the curriculum, background requirements, reading materials and study tools to help you prepare.

Guillaume Coqueret, Associate Professor, Emlyon Business School, and Dr. Hossein Kazemi, Senior Advisor, FDP Institute, discussed the importance of small variations in the implementation protocol of applied studies. This presentation shared why we advocate the usefulness of reporting a wide range of outcomes in empirical work, based on many variations of design choices. This allows us to characterize the effects more exhaustively and leads to more robust conclusions. We illustrated these ideas in two studies: one on equity premium prediction and one on portfolio sorts (asset pricing anomalies, i.e., factors).

Topic: Secondary Venture Capital Investments

A secondary market transaction in venture capital (VC) is a transaction in which shareholders in a private VC-backed company sell their stock to an investor. Secondary transactions give shareholders in private companies an opportunity to liquidate some or all of their shares. Liquidity allows early investors to secure a return on their investments and gives employee shareholders the chance to cash in their equity compensation prior to an exit transaction, such as an initial public offering (IPO) or an acquisition.

The secondary market is one of the few spaces in the alternative investment universe that is considered countercyclical. What are the drivers at play today that have led to the volume, quality, and attractiveness of opportunity in the VC secondary space? How do investors approach this asset class and make considerations for portfolio implementation?

Hear Stephen West, Managing Director, StepStone Group, answer these questions and more.

Private debt has been one of the fastest-growing private market strategies since the global financial crisis. What once was a niche strategy pursued by hedge funds and private equity GPs has grown into a diverse and standalone industry. This panel discussion covers the evolution of the industry, current themes, considerations, and approaches to implementation for clients seeking differentiated income and diversification. We also discuss CAIA Association’s recently announced learning platform, UniFi by CAIA™ which targets the education gap in the Wealth Management Industry, as well as our newly released Private Debt Microcredential.

Are you a CFA charterholder? Earning the CAIA designation, the global benchmark of alternative investment education, stacked with your CFA charter, provides a powerful boost to your alts knowledge and your industry credibility. This exclusive "Ask Us Anything" Virtual Q&A session was the perfect opportunity to hear from the CAIA Team about the CFA Stackable Credential Program. Questions were answered about eligibility, applying for the program, the CAIA Level II curriculum, and tips to ensure a successful exam experience! Nelson Lacey, PhD, Senior Associate Director of Exams, Steven Novakovic, CAIA, CFA, Managing Director, CAIA Curriculum, and Mirjam Dekker, Director of Candidate and Member Relations answered to all of your important questions in preparation for earning the CAIA Charter.

Preparing for, taking, and passing the CAIA exams is challenging — and for good reason! A CAIA Charterholder represents a demonstrated level of competency and an unwavering commitment to a set of ethical standards critical for client-focused fiduciaries. CAIA's EVP, John Bowman, CFA, Managing Director, CAIA Curriculum, Steven Novakovic, CAIA, CFA, and Director of Candidate and Member Relations, Mirjam Dekker, hosted an "Ask Us Anything" virtual Q & A session for an exclusive opportunity to ask any questions about the CAIA exam and navigating the path to becoming a CAIA Charterholder. Learn from other participants' questions and hear a few tips for ensuring a successful exam experience! This session was open to all who were interested in learning more about either the Level I or Level II CAIA exam.

In this webinar, we introduced you to Riskfolio-Lib, a powerful open-source library for portfolio optimization in Python created by Dany Cajas. Riskfolio-Lib provides a range of portfolio optimization techniques, risk management tools, and performance analytics to help investors design and manage their portfolios effectively. Dany Cajas demonstrated some popular use cases and discussed with FDP Charterholder, Cordell Tanny how this library has evolved. It includes not only traditional methods of optimization, but also contains some of the most modern techniques available.

Many cutting-edge and AI/ML technologies have matured from R&D into robust tools in the past few years. Successful applications tend to be correctly scoped to provide immediate impact (3-6 months) to resolve existing bottlenecks, and by re-imagining a fresh approach on ‘how things are done’, through re-working of critical but implicit/unquestioned assumptions. This talk between Dr. Hossein Kazemi, FDP Institute and Dr. Gary Wong, Artemis AG focused on applying Deep Neural Net (DNN) on 2 areas.

Private debt is an enormously popular alternative investment asset. Given its volume history and upward trajectory, there is no wonder why private wealth management teams find it compelling.

Master this in-demand industry knowledge with the UniFi by CAIA™ Private Debt Microcredential.

In this session, we shared why this microcredential is designed specifically to meet the private debt educational needs of the broader private wealth management industry, including asset management/GP distribution, intermediaries, and independent financial advisors.

We also gave an "inside look" at a private debt module and how to access the UniFi by CAIA™ platform to get started immediately!