Aberdeen’s Ian McDonald takes part in Lausanne Summit

Ian McDonald, senior investment adviser at Aberdeen Asset Management will consider the pace of altenative strategies going mainstream when he presents at the upcoming Pan-European Summit Lausanne 2016, taking place 19-21 April.

As investors face an increasing challenge in the form of persistently low interest rates, but also concerns over increasing correlation between traditional asset classes going forward, there are expectations of increasing demand for alternative strategies, which will enable diversification away from these traditional asset classes, McDonald argues, particularly as more liquid alternatives become available within Ucits regulated structures.

McDonald is a senior investment adviser in the Alternatives Division of Aberdeen Asset Management, focusing upon Alternative investment product and portfolio solutions for key client relationships. He is also a member of manager’s Hedge Fund Investment Committee.

He was chief investment officer of Arden Asset Management LLC before it was acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management at the end of 2015, and is now based in Aberdeen’s London office. Before joining Arden in 2002, McDonald worked at Morgan Stanley in the International Prime Brokerage Group’s European Capital Introduction division. There, he was responsible for introducing hedge funds to a variety of prospective investors, including fund of funds, private banks, pension funds, endowments and foundations. Before Morgan Stanley, Ian was an investment consultant at Cambridge Associates in London, responsible for monitoring European hedge fund managers, and before that he was based in Cambridge’s Boston office where he focused on manager selection and due diligence of US hedge funds. He graduated with an MA (Hons) degree in Economic and Social History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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