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Yilin Dai

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Articles by Yilin Dai

    Research Insight - Understanding Hedge Funds in a Factor-Based World - September 2014

    Report | Sep 23, 2014 | Yilin Dai , Kurt Winkelmann , Peter Shepard

    The recent outperformance of global equities has some investors wondering whether they should reduce their allocations to hedge funds. The announcement from CalPERS to end its hedge fund program cited low returns and high fees, but is that the whole picture?  Sorting out sources of hedge fund performance is particularly important given the recent focus of many institutional investors on factor-based investing.  In this Research Insight, we identify the role that factor exposures...

    Model Insight - The Barra Private Real Estate Model (PRE2) Research Notes - May 2014

    Report | Jul 15, 2014 | Yilin Dai , Yang Liu , Peter Shepard

    Global private real estate represents significant opportunities for investors, but also major challenges, similar to global equity 30 years ago. A lack of information, and the smoothness of appraisal-based valuations, have left investors and risk managers guessing about the behavior of global real estate: a wide-range of speculation is commonplace, including the view that real estate is a low-risk, high-return diversifier. In this Model Insight, we shed light on this misunderstood asset...