David Elms

Head of Diversified Alternatives | Portfolio Manager
David Elms | Janus Henderson Investors

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 29 years of financial industry experience.

Articles Written

Whatever happened to Goldilocks?

Whatever happened to Goldilocks?

David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, and Steve Cain, Portfolio Manager, give a mid-year update of their market outlook, considering the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on investment markets, and outlining the potential risks and opportunities they see for alternative strategies for the remainder of 2020.

Uncorrelated alternatives: Multi Strategy

Uncorrelated alternatives: Multi Strategy

The past 20 years of hedge fund investing experience has been invaluable in evaluating and designing truly diversifying strategies that also meet the return objectives of institutional investors. David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives and Norbert Fullerton, Head of Institutional Client Strategy, EMEA discuss the case for multi strategy portfolios.

Bonds – What Are They Good For?

Bonds – What Are They Good For?

With the bond pillar now eroding, finding true diversification and low correlation across investments will become more important to portfolio construction.

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.

Diversified Alternatives 2020 outlook: Out of the Goldilocks zone?

Diversified Alternatives 2020 outlook: Out of the Goldilocks zone?

Will 2019 be considered the last hurrah? Could 2020 mark the beginning of a new era of volatility for global markets? David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, gives some insight into where he sees the most attractive areas of opportunity, and what this might mean for investors.

Portfolio rebalancing – pick a different day

Portfolio rebalancing – pick a different day

The majority of asset allocation models are rebalanced on the last day of the calendar month, but is this the best approach to maximize returns? Portfolio manager Aneet Chachra and David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, tested the validity of this traditional market orthodoxy, with some surprising results.

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.

The Alternative View – Avoiding Bubble-Weight Indices
Global Perspectives

The Alternative View – Avoiding Bubble-Weight Indices

​In this series of views from Henderson’s Multi-Strategy team, Head of Diversified Alternatives, David Elms, and Fund Manager Aneet Chachra discuss why highly sector-concentrated indices may be riskier than they appear.