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Alternative investments on the rise in retail world

April 15, 2011

Alternative-investment strategies are emerging as a top priority across the asset management landscape — and are also quickly gaining traction with retail investors — according to the latest research from Cerulli Associates Inc. While mutual...

INTV: Advisers and B-Ds rattled by private placements

January 13, 2011

Private placements require a higher level of scrutiny than listed securities, so advisers need to know who is doing the auditing and whether independent due diligence is being conducted. InvestmentNews News Editor Bruce Kelly explores some of...

Absolute-return strategy absolutely working for this fund manager

January 13, 2011

As the Russell 2000 Index inches ever closer to its July 2007 peak of 855, small-cap portfolio manager Eric Cinnamond is protecting his absolute return strategy with a whopping 35% allocation to cash. “In order to out-perform over the long-term...

QA3 tangles with insurer over private-placement coverage

January 12, 2011

QA3 Financial Corp., an independent broker-dealer that was a leading seller of high-risk private placements over the last decade, in a recent lawsuit said its insurance carrier was pushing it into bankruptcy by failing to back up its coverage....

Alternatives present quandary for custodians

January 9, 2011

Custody firms are engaged in a delicate balancing act, trying to accommodate a growing number of alternative investments while at the same time implementing stricter eligibility criteria for accepting those assets. All firms ramped up their...

Putnam cuts fees on absolute-return and lifecycle funds

November 29, 2010

Putnam Investments has significantly lowered the expense ratios on its slate of Absolute Return funds and its RetirementReady Lifecycle funds. At the highest end, Putnam trimmed fees on its Absolute Return 100 Fund by 54%, lowering the total...

SEC sorts out definition of venture capital

November 19, 2010

Although advisers to venture capital funds are exempt from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the new financial reform law, determining the definition of venture capital could generate controversy. In an attempt to...

Advisers should think twice about structured products

November 14, 2010

Advisers should look before they leap into structured products, an alternative-investment choice that's been gaining popularity over the past year. Structured products, which are basically investment strategies based on derivatives that have...

Wealthiest people buy least-structured products

November 11, 2010

The wealthiest investors in the U.S. put less of their holdings into structured products than the less affluent, according to a study commissioned by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Individuals with more than $5 million...

Stocks outperformed hedgies last month

November 8, 2010

Hedge funds were unable to keep pace with the broader equity markets last month, but did maintain their slight performance edge over stocks through the first 10 months of the year. The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained 1.9% in October, which...

Hedge funds depend on beta as they ride careening equities

October 31, 2010

Hedge fund managers are having a hard time making a buck this year, unless they get a boost from a whole lot of market beta. “It's been all about beta this year,” said hedge fund consultant Howard B. Eisen. “Hedge fund managers have been...

Providers add alternative investments to target date funds

October 31, 2010

Some providers of target date options in defined-contribution plans are adding alternative investments ranging from commodities and Treasury inflation-protected securities to real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships. Among...

Genworth to hike alternatives offerings with Altegris buy

October 19, 2010

Genworth Financial Inc. this morning announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire alternative-investments platform Altegris Advisors LLC for approximately $35 million. The deal also includes some performance-based payments. Altegris,...

AQR to offer mutual funds only through advisers

October 18, 2010

Retail investors will no longer be able to buy mutual funds from AQR Capital Management without going through a financial adviser, starting Oct. 30. AQR, which is primarily an institutional shop with $29 billion in assets under management, began...

Hottest alternative? Managed-futures funds, research shows

October 10, 2010

Managed-futures funds represent the most popular category among alternative strategies, according to the latest research from BarclayHedge Ltd. For the three-month period ended June 30, managed futures accounted for $233.4 billion of the total...

Hottest alternative? Managed-futures funds, says researcher

October 6, 2010

Managed-futures funds represent the most-popular category among alternative strategies, according to the latest research from BarclayHedge Ltd. For the three-month period ended June 30, managed futures accounted for $233.4 billion of the total...

IN's Goff: Red Sox's John Henry walks into buzz saw with Liverpool FC buy

October 6, 2010

John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, made his fortune buying and selling commodities — one of the most volatile plays in the investment universe. But with his surprise investment in Liverpool Football Club, the buttoned-down...

Eaton Vance closes popular macro fund

September 27, 2010

Eaton Vance Corp. will stop accepting deposits from new customers in a global fund that seeks gains from broad economic trends after assets increased more than sixfold this year. Eaton Vance Global Macro Absolute Return Fund, which opened in...

5 strategies to help uncertain investors

September 26, 2010

As soon as the dust started to clear after the 2008 financial crisis, a lot of investors learned the hard way that their portfolios weren't nearly as diversified as they should have been. That reality, which is still present to a large degree...

The new gold standard

September 26, 2010

Chalk up another hard-earned lesson from the financial crisis: Investors in limited partnerships, the structure of choice for most alternative investments, discovered that giving up liquidity in exchange for higher returns wasn't such a good...

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