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Hedgies for the Pros

Traders Magazine, September 2003

Kathryn M.Welling

Portfolio manager John Boich clearly knows his way around the institutional investment scene, having navigated quite successfully from the Boston Co. to San Francisco's late, lamented Montgomery Asset Management, where he steered several of that group's large international funds into the ranks of top performers. Now John has taken aim at the alternative investment arena with Avera Global Partners, a dollar-neutral long-short hedge fund firm he founded in July 2001. But John's also sticking to what he knows. Avera has been structured, from day one to meet the special requirements of institutional plan sponsors as they venture into the wilds of hedge fund land. So far, all its $40-plus million in assets have come from the institutional set, and John and his team have delivered as promised. Not by hitting the cover off of the ball. But by staying in the game, without swinging for the fences, he explained to me last week. -KMW

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