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.
Global Perspectives: Seeking to mitigate risk with Alternatives
What can a multi-strategy alternatives approach offer investors when more traditional assets like bonds and equities are both volatile and seemingly correlated?
Alternatives Investment Outlook: The scale of change demands a different mindset
Explore the opportunity for alternatives investing following a year that tested the resilience of traditional strategies built around ‘core’ asset classes.
Alternatives: when diversification doesn’t work, what do you do?
Market change demands a change in investors’ strategies. What can alternatives offer when more traditional diversification models come under pressure?
Anatomy of a short squeeze: causes, outcomes and lessons
What lessons can short squeezes offer about the inherent danger of carrying excessive leverage or short positions during periods of heightened risk and illiquidity?
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?
Looking ahead to 2022 and considering the value of an allocation to truly diversified strategies after a year of record-breaking market highs.
Where can investors find truly differentiated sources of alpha?
In this Q&A, David Elms, Head of Diversified Alternatives, gives insight into the role that alternatives can play in an investor’s portfolio, and considers the change in pricing of volatility as a result of COVID-19.