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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

How bitcoin and blockchain will change the world

January 25, 2018

Bitcoin climbed in value from less than $1,000 at the beginning of 2017 to $14,000 by the end of the year. A coin of Ethereum was worth $8 on Jan. 1, 2017, and $843 one year later. Who would not be intrigued with the idea of owning something...

Bitcoin bubble shows signs of bursting

February 2, 2018

Bitcoin whipsawed investors, falling below $8,000 for the first time since November before recovering most of today's losses, as a miserable 2018 continued for cryptocurrencies, with investors confronting a mounting list of concerns about the...

Senate bill gives BDCs hope for increased leverage

February 2, 2018

Bipartisan support for the first Senate legislation to reform business development company rules is giving backers of the alternative investment hope for big changes ahead. In January, Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced...

Alt investments on the rise among RIAs

January 2, 2018

Based on the success of the RIA industry, the trend of breakaway advisers interested in exploring the independent channel continues to gain momentum. Slowly but surely, the notion that independence cannot support complex, sophisticated advisers...

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...

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...

Seller of alternative investments in fight over car dealerships

February 5, 2018

One of the current leading sellers of illiquid, high-commission alternative investments through independent broker-dealers, GPB Capital Holdings, is in the middle of an ugly dispute with a former business partner who allegedly recently reneged...

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...

Year's best performing alternative funds

November 20, 2017

Alternative funds, which mimic hedge-fund techniques to increase returns or reduce risk, soared in popularity in 2015 and 2016. How have they done this year? By and large, pretty badly. Hobbled by high fees and strategies designed to hedge downside...

Silver lining in BDC fundraising figures

December 21, 2017

The figures are in and they're miserable. During the first three quarters of this year, BDCs raised just $624 million ($832 million annualized) versus $1.5 billion last year. Worse, capital formation is off from the 2014 peak of $5.5 billion,...

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...

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