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Beware of so-called 'liquid' alts for retail investors

October 30, 2017

In the independent broker-dealer and RIA space, the term "alternative investment" means exactly what it implies: It is an alternative to commonly held liquid investments traded on a public exchange. Alternatives can be inappropriate for those...

Bills to bolster accredited investors, alternative investments gain momentum

November 9, 2017

Legislation that would deepen the pool of sophisticated investors who can participate in private securities offerings and expand the lending capability of business development companies is gaining momentum in Congress. On Nov. 1, the House approved...

The Philosophy of Goal-based Investment Planning

October 19, 2017

Dr. Michael Finke, CFP®, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Financial Services Most of us view our investment portfolio as numbers on a screen. However, investments represent money that we set aside for some future purpose...

Collectibles market not what it used to be

September 22, 2017

If you have clients who are thinking of investing in collectibles, Harry Rinker, dean of collectibles, has a few words for you: Collecting isn't what it used to be. "Collecting as a whole is threatened," said Mr. Rinker, head of the Institute...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

Creation of new interval funds outpacing that of nontraded REITs

October 6, 2017

Interval funds look like they are becoming a new favorite alternative investment for brokers and advisers, with the number of new interval funds outpacing nontraded real estate investment trusts for the second year in a row. Through the first...

Best- and worst-performing emerging-market funds

August 19, 2017

U.S. open-end diversified emerging-market funds TOP 10 Name Current fund-level net assets YTD return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Net expense ratio Ashmore Emerging Markets Value Instl (EMFIX) $10,064,105 31.19% 41.24% 3.52% 6.70%...

Alternative strategies boomed after crisis, but haven't been tested

August 15, 2017

Closing in on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, and the stock market peak that preceded it in the fall of 2007, alternative-strategy mutual funds linger like an umbrella waiting for a storm. Alternative funds, which...

Reforming compensation practices in the retail alternatives space

June 20, 2017

It's become increasingly clear that, while the investment goals of retail alternative products are crucial to investor portfolios, a number of alternative product sponsors should seriously consider moving towards a cost and compensation model...

Oaktree Capital to take over two Fifth Street BDCs in $320 million deal

July 17, 2017

Oaktree Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based alternative investments manager, will pay $320 million in cash to Fifth Street Management to become the investment adviser to two business development companies: Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Fifth...

Gold shines in an uncertain bull market

April 7, 2017

Gold is only happy when it rains — and if your clients have gold in their portfolio, today would be a good reason to remind them why. Gold pays no dividends and has no earnings. Anyone looking for growth has no business investing in the yellow...

Alternatives in the mainstream – A growth opportunity for advisers

March 13, 2017

The following is an excerpt from a new research paper, “Alternatives in the mainstream,” that was co-developed by InvestmentNews Research and Blackstone. Several current indicators point to potentially greater use of alternative investments...

Are music royalties a new alternative investment?

July 18, 2017

If your clients have a song in their hearts, they might be able to buy the royalties to it. Royalty Exchange helps owners of music royalties find buyers. Since March 2016, the company has auctioned off royalties from 150 songs, including: •...

Elderly investors win $1.25 million Finra arbitration over failed medical start-up investments

February 3, 2017

A Connecticut investment bank this week lost a $1.25 million Finra arbitration award that focused on the alleged sale of unsuitable securities to elderly investors. William Lashlee, 88, and Keith and Joyce McCrea, elderly retirees, alleged in...

Trump's tax plan could fuel rally in MLP investments

May 11, 2017

If the Trump administration's tax-reform plan gains traction, investors in master limited partnerships could be among the beneficiaries, which means financial advisers might want to start sharpening their pencils for some number crunching. President...

Nontraded BDC sales sink like a stone in 2016

November 22, 2016

Sales of nontraded business development companies are down sharply this year as advisers and their broker-dealers grapple with regulatory changes and uncertainty – the same forces that have also severely dampened sales of nontraded real estate...

Nontraded BDC to pursue listing on national exchange

April 6, 2017

Corporate Capital Trust Inc., a $4.4 billion nontraded business development company sponsored by CNL Financial Group, said Wednesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would pursue a potential listing on a national...

A clear view of alternative strategies is a challenge for financial advisers

October 30, 2016

Gauging the value of an alternative investment has been a real challenge for advisers, particularly in the last eight years. Looking at performance and fees doesn't tell the half of it. Liquid alt strategies are meant to dampen risk and/or magnify...

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

October 28, 2011

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

Small broker-dealer owner settles with Finra over allegations of concentrating clients in illiquid alts

November 22, 2016

A combative owner of a small broker-dealer has reached a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. over claims that he and his firm had clients overly concentrated in illiquid investments and had used a book he had written...

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