The William Blair Macro Allocation Fund manages risk dynamically over time. The Fund seeks to take less risk if there are few opportunities and more risk when there are a lot of opportunities.
This brief video is one in a series of straightforward answers to alternative investing questions. The speaker is Brian Singer, head of William Blair's Dynamic Allocation Strategies team. Brian is a board member and former chair of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and is also a former member of the Research Foundation of CFA Institute Board of Trustees.
In 1991, Brian co-wrote a landmark update to one of the pioneering studies on asset allocation, "Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update," with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower. In 2009, Brian was the lead author of "Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management," Wiley Publishing.
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The Fund involves a high level of risk and may not be appropriate for everyone. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objective will be achieved. The Fund is not a complete investment program and you should only consider the Fund for the alternative portion of your portfolio. Separate accounts managed by the Advisor may invest in the Fund and, therefore, the Advisor at times may have discretionary authority over a significant portion of the assets invested in the Fund. In such instances, the Advisor's decision to make changes to or rebalance its clients' allocations in the separate accounts may substantially impact the Fund's performance. The Fund is designed for long-term investors.
The Fund may use investment techniques and financial instruments that may be considered aggressive—including but not limited to the use of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, securities and indices, forward contracts, swap agreements and similar instruments. Such techniques may also include short sales or other techniques that are intended to provide inverse exposure to a particular market or other asset class, as well as leverage. These techniques may expose the Fund to potentially dramatic changes (losses) in the value of certain of its portfolio holdings.
Investments are subject to a number of other different types of risk, including market risk, asset allocation risk credit risk, commodity risk, counterparty and contractual default risk, currency risk, and derivatives risk. For a more detailed explanation and discussion of these risks, please read the Fund's Prospectus.
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