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Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blackstone woos wealthy with tax-free hedge fund

May 29, 2018

Blackstone Group has an enticing pitch for the ultra wealthy: Invest in hedge funds and avoid paying taxes forever. The private-equity firm's Lombard International is leading the charge to promote exclusive insurance vehicles that can contain...

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...

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....

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...

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....

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

October 28, 2011

2011 InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference Supplement

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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