Ramius LLC (“Ramius”), the global alternative investment management business of Cowen Group, Inc. (“Cowen”) (NASDAQ: COWN), today provided an in-depth view of the liquid alternative investment space with a particular focus on managed futures investing in a comprehensive report co-authored by Ramius Trading Strategies (RTS) Chief Executive Officer, William (“Bill”) Marr and Principal and Director of Investment Research, Alexander Rudin. In the report, the team notes that:
- The growth of investment in liquid alternatives has accelerated at a rapid pace – fivefold for alternative mutual funds since pre-crisis levels - as retail investors look for access to alternative strategies with daily liquidity, and that growth is expected to accelerate going forward;
- Managed futures mutual fund assets alone have grown from $244 million in 2006 to $7.5 billion in 2011;
- Given the rapid growth of the industry, it is of the utmost importance that potential investors examine a number of criteria when choosing where to put their money to work.
Readers can access the white paper by clicking here: http://goo.gl/wMpDE.RTS was founded in September 2009 and is an affiliate of Cowen Group, Inc. and Ramius Alternative Solutions LLC. RTS offers multi-manager products investing in independent managers in the managed futures and global macro space. All RTS products utilize RTS’s managed account platform supported by RTS’s proprietary risk and research systems as well as the operational infrastructure of Ramius. About Cowen Group, Inc. Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services through its two business segments: Ramius and its affiliates make up the Company's alternative investment management segment, while Cowen and Company is its broker-dealer segment. Ramius’ alternative investment management products, solutions and services include hedge funds, replication products, managed futures funds, fund of funds, real estate funds, health care royalty funds and cash management services. Cowen and Company offers industry focused investment banking for growth-oriented companies, domain knowledge-driven research and a sales and trading platform for institutional investors. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices located in major financial centers around the world. About Ramius LLC Ramius, the global alternative investment management business of Cowen Group, Inc., offers a broad range of investment solutions to institutions and private clients worldwide. Founded in 1994, Ramius and affiliates manage $10.2 billion (as of April 1, 2012) across multiple asset classes and investing styles. A significant portion of Cowen's proprietary capital is managed by Ramius in strategies alongside its clients.