The Alternatives Fund invests in a combination of hedge funds, real estate funds, real asset funds and other investments, seeking to increase diversification across additional asset classes and achieve returns that are not correlated with the indices of UCF’s current investment options.
Four organizations manage portfolios of the Alternatives Fund on behalf of UCF —
manages a diversified portfolio of Global Macro managers for UCF in a fund of hedge funds structure. Alternative investments, such as hedge funds, when included with equity and fixed income portfolios have historically enhanced diversification, reduced volatility, and preserved wealth over the long term. Global Macro strategies, also known as managed futures, are investments in currency, commodities and derivatives structured by complex trading rules and models. Abbey overlays a strict risk management discipline to determine allocations to its selection of managers. Founded in 2000, Abbey Capital is based in Dublin, Ireland, and manages $3.6 billion.
manages a fund of hedge funds. Their Weatherlow Fund employs a global, multi-strategy approach focused around long-short equity funds. Evanston employs a fundamental and highly selective process in choosing underlying funds where a sustainable edge appears present. Additionally, the team uses their experience to tilt the portfolio toward strategies that may outperform depending on the anticipated environments. Evanston manages $4.4 billion, is headquartered in Evanston, Ill. and was founded in 2002.
The diversified North American Real Estate portfolio managed by Heitman
focuses on high quality investments in major metropolitan areas. Heitman’s portfolio is diversified by geography with investments across the US in office space, apartments, retail, industrial use, and self-storage sites. Heitman seeks to generate returns from both the income of its assets as well as price appreciation of the properties. Founded in 1966, Heitman is based in Chicago and manages over $26 billion across a variety of global real estate funds.
manages a fund of hedge funds in a global, multi-strategy portfolio. Magnitude orients its portfolio mainly to relative-value funds that provide active returns and offer diversification to the primary returns streams of equity and fixed income markets. Magnitude employs a highly analytical approach to evaluating managers and constructing this portfolio. Headquartered in New York, Magnitude was founded in 2002 and manages $3 billion.