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All that smart beta can obscure the big picture

May 8, 2018

A battle is raging among finance theoreticians, and investors should stay out of it. There's a growing recognition that a handful of active investing styles — also known as factor investing or smart beta — can be expected to beat the market...

Neuberger Berman launches specialty finance group

May 2, 2018

Neuberger Berman has launched a specialty finance group and hired Peter Sterling as a managing director and head of the new group, spokesman Alexander Samuelson said. The Neuberger Berman Specialty Finance group will seek assets within the consumer,...

More advisers use alts, but few understand them

April 28, 2018

Even as adviser use of alternative investments is on the rise, one overriding problem remains.​ Advisers often don't understand them, according to a panel of investment experts at the InvestmentNews Innovators in Investing event and webcast...

Blackstone lures retail clients

April 26, 2018

Blackstone Group, the private-equity behemoth that's traditionally raised money from institutions, is making a bigger bet on individual investors. The $450 billion firm has expanded its private wealth group to about 100 employees, trained thousands...

Investing in virtue is hard when few companies qualify

April 18, 2018

It's not easy being a socially conscious investor. To see why, look no further than Facebook Inc. By any reasonable ethical standard, the social media giant doesn't measure up. The Cambridge Analytica debacle and its aftermath revealed that...

Will global macro finally shine?

April 17, 2018

Following the Federal Reserve's latest decision to increase its benchmark interest rate in March, and as a growing number of central banks around the world reverse their policies of monetary stimulus, advisers and investors should take the opportunity...

JPMorgan Chase sued for charging 'sky-high' fees for crypto purchases

April 12, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been sued for charging "sky-high" interest rates and fees to customers who used their credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Brady Tucker, a Chase credit card customer in Idaho, claims the bank in January...

Investment Program Association rebrands itself for Main Street

April 9, 2018

An organization that promotes alternative investments is rebranding itself to highlight what it hopes will be a link to ordinary investors. The Investment Program Association today changed its name to the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives....

What advisers need to know about alternatives

April 4, 2018

Investing in alternatives isn't always easy, according to an InvestmentNews Innovators in Investing panel. The one-hour panel features insights from Kevin White, head of investment strategy at DFS, Tom Daley, managing director of custody services...

Few places for advisers — or clients — to hide in this stock correction

April 4, 2018

If you're looking to escape this correction, you've got relatively few places to hide. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has fallen nearly 10% since its all-time high on Jan. 26. You can choose your causes — the threat of a trade war with...

Business development company language added to spending bill allows for increased leverage

March 23, 2018

Legislation that would allow business development companies to increase their use of debt and potentially boost returns became law Friday afternoon. The BDC measure was included in a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill approved by the House on...

Lynn Tilton's Zohar funds file for bankruptcy

March 12, 2018

New York financier Lynn Tilton, who's been at the center of legal battles over three structured debt vehicles she used to finance distressed companies, put the funds into bankruptcy with plans to refinance debt or sell assets. Filings for Zohar...

Blackstone sees half of assets coming from individual investors

March 6, 2018

As the world's largest private equity firm plans to double assets under management over the next five years, it also wants individual investors to get a greater slice of the action. About 15% to 20% of Blackstone Group's annual fundraising currently...

Why isn't gold soaring?

March 5, 2018

Gold is the investment for times of disaster, disruption and global dislocation. So why has gold been so tranquil this year? It's a difficult question. When the most recent correction in the stock market started on Jan. 26, gold sold at $1,354....

Vanguard rolls out active-factor ETFs

February 15, 2018

The Vanguard Group has launched six new factor-based, actively managed exchange-traded funds and one factor-based mutual fund. The six ETFs — Vanguard U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF (VFMV), Vanguard U.S. Value Factor ETF (VFVA), Vanguard U.S....

Newbridge target of investor complaints over REIT sales

February 13, 2018

Newbridge Securities Corp. could face two dozen investor complaints from police, fireman and other Philadelphia public employees alleging millions in damages from the sale of illiquid nontraded real estate investment trusts managed by one-time...

Alternative funds suddenly look a whole lot better

February 8, 2018

If ever there were a time for alternative funds to shine, it would be now. And some of them are actually doing that. The Dow Jones industrial average has been gyrating like a dozen hamsters in an exercise wheel. Thursday, the blue-chip index...

Altegris merges with Artivest to create $3B alternative investments platform

February 8, 2018

Two alternative investment platforms are merging to create a comprehensive portal for connecting investors, through their financial advisers, with access to both registered and private investment products and strategies. The deal, announced...

Majority of high-net-worth advisers plan more direct investments, Cerulli says

February 8, 2018

More than two-thirds (67%) of high-net-worth advisory practices expect to increase their allocations to direct investments or co-investments over the next two years, according to a new report from Cerulli Associates. Only 22% of HNW firms indicated...

Wall Street's volatility time bomb

February 7, 2018

It was the hot trade on Wall Street, a seemingly sure thing that lulled everyone from hedge fund managers to small-time investors. Now newfangled investments linked to volatility in the stock market — until a few years ago, obscure niche products...

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