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Nadia Papagiannis

Nadia Papagiannis, CFA, is director of alternative funds research for Morningstar.


TFS' Eric Newman, whose team earned Alternative Managers of the Year honors, says watching for insider signals mainly in small caps allowed their fund to pull in the best absolute return in its category in 2012.

Quaker Akros' Brady Lipp thinks it is a great time to be in equities but that investors should focus on buying cheap stocks with hefty dividend yields if they want to come out ahead.

Jonathan Lamensdorf, portfolio manager of Highland Long/Short Equity, lays out the red flags he looks for in earnings reports before shorting a stock.