Russell Investments expands hedge fund solutions team
Mark Raskopf appointed as head of tactical trading strategies
Seattle, WA September 26, 2011 As part of the continued expansion of its alternative investments capabilities, Russell Investments has appointed Mark Raskopf as head of tactical trading strategies on the hedge fund solutions team. Raskopf brings more than 15 years of experience in hedge fund manager research and portfolio management across the spectrum of strategies and styles. He reports to Ed Robertiello, managing director, hedge funds, and is based in New York.
"Given increasing demand for alternative investment capabilities, including hedge fund solutions, we are expanding our team and continuing to serve clients looking for strategies expected to deliver broad diversification, capital preservation and strong risk-adjusted performance in their portfolios," said Ed Robertiello, managing director, hedge funds. "Mark's expertise in hedge fund manager research and portfolio management complements Russell's existing global research strengths and capabilities, and he will play a lead role in the delivery of our alternative investment solutions, in addition to providing counsel to clients around the world."
Raskopf joins Russell from Ermitage Americas, Inc. where he was a managing director responsible for leading the hedge fund team in providing manager research and product management. He also served as the portfolio manager for trading-oriented and relative value products for the alternative advisory firm. Prior to this role, Raskopf held similar positions at M. Safra & Co., Bank of America, Deutsche Asset Management and The Kenmar Group.
As a senior member of the Russell hedge fund solutions team, Raskopf conducts research and due diligence on hedge fund managers in the tactical trading sector, including global macro, managed futures, commodities and currency. He is also responsible for the research and due diligence of long-only commodity managers in support of Russell's commodity products.
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