For institutional investors in the UK

David Elms

Head of Diversified Alternatives | Portfolio Manager

David Elms is Head of Diversified Alternatives and a Portfolio Manager at Janus Henderson Investors responsible for enhanced index, risk premia, and hedge portfolios. Prior to joining Henderson in 2002, he spent eight years as a founding partner at Portfolio Partners. He was initially based in Melbourne, where he managed derivatives and enhanced index portfolios, and was later seconded to Aviva in London in a corporate strategy role following Aviva’s acquisition of Portfolio Partners. Earlier, he spent three years as associate director at County NatWest Investment Management, Melbourne, where he was responsible for equities and equity derivative trading as well as quantitative research.

David received a BCom degree (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.  He has 31 years of financial industry experience.

Articles Written

2022: Optimal Conditions for a Liquid Alternative Toolset?
Quick Views Volatility

2022: Optimal Conditions for a Liquid Alternative Toolset?

Considering a multi-strategy approach to using liquid alternatives to help improve diversification.

2022 – optimal conditions for a liquid alternative toolset?

2022 – optimal conditions for a liquid alternative toolset?

How can a multi-strategy approach to using liquid alternatives help to improve diversification and complement traditional asset class allocations?

Alternatives 2022: has the bull gone far enough?

Alternatives 2022: has the bull gone far enough?

Looking ahead to 2022 and considering the value of an allocation to truly diversified strategies after a year of record-breaking market highs.

Enhancing Beta Returns via Disintermediation Alphas

Enhancing Beta Returns via Disintermediation Alphas

A novel approach representing a material departure from past enhanced index strategies

Flow World Revolutions

Flow World Revolutions

How should investors manage risk in a world where flows can dominate fundamentals?

Diversified alternatives: adapt and evolve

Diversified alternatives: adapt and evolve

David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, argues for new thinking for investors’ portfolios in 2021, following a year in which the pandemic posed unfamiliar challenges for industries.

Expected drawdowns – How much money should I lose?

Expected drawdowns – How much money should I lose?

Can historical and simulated data provide some guidance to what scale of asset price swings investors could expect over time? In this article Portfolio manager Aneet Chachra and David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, address the value of drawdown probabilities in helping to calibrate our expectations of price moves.

Selling volatility – is the juice still worth the squeeze?
Global Perspectives

Selling volatility – is the juice still worth the squeeze?

Are investors being sufficiently compensated for taking asymmetric risk? In this article, portfolio manager Aneet Chachra and David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, evaluate changing market conditions for equity volatility in the US and UK.

Factor timing – You’re doing it wrong!

Factor timing – You’re doing it wrong!

The quantitative finance world has recently been transfixed by its version of the East Coast/West Coast feud. But instead of Brooklyn versus Compton rappers, it’s their suburban cousins Greenwich versus Newport Beach arguing over factor timing.

The Curse of the ETF Tourist

The Curse of the ETF Tourist

The growing popularity of investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) is a key component of the active versus passive debate. Here, Aneet Chachra, fund manager, and David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, from Henderson’s Multi-Strategy Team, explain why investing in many ETFs is actually an ‘active’ call and explore how investors in these vehicles have typically fared.