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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

October 28, 2011

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

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...

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...

Digital marketplaces aim to ease RIA access to alternative investments

December 22, 2017

Advisers are expected to increase their use of alternative investments in 2018, and technology vendors are eager to meet the demand. Companies like iCapital Network and CAIS are providing digital marketplaces to help providers get products like...

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...

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...

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...

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...

FS Investments parts ways with Blackstone, announces new partnership with KKR

December 11, 2017

FS Investments, the leading sponsor of nontraded business development companies, took the first steps Monday that will lead to liquidity events for investors and the creation of a giant, $18 billion listed company. First, FS, which launched...

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...

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