Former Bridgewater Executive Launches “Unlimited” to Bring Alternative Investment Strategies to Investors Without the High Fees

Unlimited uses machine learning to replicate hedge funds' gross returns across several alternative strategies in a tax efficient and low-cost ETF

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bob Elliott, former member of the Investment Committee at Bridgewater Associates, today announced the launch of Unlimited, a new investment firm purpose-built to give all investors exposure to the alpha-generating potential of alternative investment strategies without the high fees and adverse tax implications. In conjunction with the launch, the firm announced its first product, the Unlimited HFND Multi-Strategy Return Tracker ETF (NYSE: “HFND”), which uses a sophisticated machine learning engine to track the gross-of-fees returns across several hedge fund indices.

Mr. Elliott is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Unlimited. He has built innovative hedge fund strategies for more than two decades, most recently as a member of the Investment Committee at Bridgewater Associates, where he developed strategies across asset classes, including many for the firm’s flagship Pure Alpha fund. He is joined by Bruce McNevin, Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at Unlimited. Mr. McNevin is a Professor of Economics at New York University and has held various data science positions at hedge funds Clinton Group and Midway Group, along with positions at Bank of America and BlackRock.

“After spending many years in the hedge fund industry, we’ve identified that investors are either ill-served by exorbitant fees in the asset class or are unable to access such exclusive strategies,” said Mr. Elliott. “With HFND, we are bridging what we see as a crucial gap in the market by bringing together the best parts of the hedge fund industry with the democratizing structure of an ETF. Ultimately, we believe every investor should have access to institutional quality return potential.”

Investors facing a period of high volatility and uncertainty are increasingly looking for investments that will diversify their portfolios to help weather varied market conditions. Hedge fund strategies have historically generated significant alpha, or returns above the relevant benchmark, but that alpha is typically eaten away by high fees and inefficient tax structures. Unlimited believes HFND is built to mitigate those costs, bringing a more sophisticated approach to hedge fund replication than has been employed in an ETF to date.

Prior to HFND’s launch, hedge fund-mimicking ETFs have relied upon public filings, which have proven to be too delayed or misleading to accurately mirror investment positioning. Other funds offer only single hedge fund-style strategies that often experience extended periods of underperformance. Unlimited has instead built an ensemble of machine learning algorithms that analyze real-time investment returns of a diversified set of hedge fund styles. HFND will allocate toward a basket of ETFs and exchange-listed futures contracts to replicate the returns of those underlying hedge funds.

HFND is an actively managed ETF that will typically hold long and short positions in 30-50 ETFs and exchange-listed futures contracts across asset classes. It will have management fees that are roughly one-quarter of the standard 2 and 20 cost of a typical hedge fund. The strategy will be managed by Mr. Elliott and Mr. McNevin.

About Bob Elliott
Bob Elliott is a Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Unlimited. He has built innovative investment strategies for over two decades, most recently as a member of the Investment Committee at Bridgewater Associates, LP, the world’s largest hedge fund. Mr. Elliott worked at Bridgewater from 2005 to 2018, where he created investment strategies across equities, fixed income, credit, exchange rates, and commodities, including many used in the flagship Pure Alpha fund. In his role on the Investment Committee there, he was responsible for overseeing Pure Alpha’s foreign exchange, sovereign credit, and emerging markets portfolios. Before that, he built and led Ray Dalio’s personal investment research team at Bridgewater for 10 years. Mr. Elliott was also the author of hundreds of Bridgewater’s widely read Daily Observations and directly counseled the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the White House during the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. He holds a BA in History and Science from Harvard University.

About Bruce McNevin
Bruce McNevin is a Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at Unlimited. He is an economist with 35 years of experience specializing in econometric modeling and forecasting. From 2016 to 2022, he was a Director in the Quantitative Strategy Group at Bank of America where his primary responsibility was the development of models for pricing of mortgage-backed securities. He was with Bank of America for five years and prior to that, he worked for 12 years at a hedge fund as the managing director of Mortgage Research. For the past 16 years, Mr. McNevin has been an Adjunct Professor in the Economics Department of New York University where he teaches master’s level courses in Financial Econometrics and Bayesian Econometrics. He is maintaining an active research agenda outside of his normal work responsibilities and has recently published several papers on the use of wavelets for estimating the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) beta. Mr. McNevin holds a PhD in Economics from the C.U.N.Y Graduate Center.

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