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Environmental services draws investor attention

April 13, 2014

Investors don't have to be of a socially conscious bent or have strong views on climate change to see intriguing long-term investment opportunities in environmental services, particularly in environmental sciences and management. The environmental-services...

Nasdaq courts advisers with new private-equity trading platform

March 8, 2017

Private-equity managers are poised to start targeting financial advisers and their wealthier clients, thanks to an expanded alternatives platform by Nasdaq Private Markets. Debuting Wednesday as NPM Alternatives, the private-auction marketplace...

Financial advisers bristle at SEC's pitch to redefine 'accredited investor'

February 27, 2017

Financial advisers rejected a recommendation Friday from the acting chairman of the SEC to increase investor access to private and exotic investment strategies that are usually reserved for rich people. "I think this is an awful idea, as awful...

Embracing liquid alternatives for investors at all levels

November 25, 2012

Financial advisers, take notice — liquid alternatives are fast becoming “the new black.” Over the past few years, the term “liquid alternative” has become part of the vernacular in references to nontraditional investment strategies...

Alternative investments combined with fee-based services are changing the investing world

November 24, 2015

The growing popularity of alternative investments is having a profound impact on investment firms and the growing practice of fee-based advisory services. And it's not just alternative specialists who are affected, but the entire asset-management...

MLP mutual funds: A bad wrap?

July 22, 2012

The planned acquisition of SteelPath Capital Management LLC by OppenheimerFunds Inc. is much more significant than just a $176 billion asset management company's absorbing a $2.6 billion boutique firm. The deal, which was announced last week...

Don't let volatile energy markets change your mind on MLPs

November 2, 2015

When energy prices are volatile, master limited partnership returns may follow commodity trends in the short run. Over long periods, however, MLP returns have generally exhibited a relatively low correlation with energy prices. In fact, today's...

Which is the easier question: How do you feel about liquid alts or how to regulate them?

July 6, 2015

“When faced with a difficult question, we often answer an easier one instead, usually without noticing the substitution,” psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman wrote in his 2012 book Thinking, Fast and Slow. This is a common...

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: •...

Real liquidity: Why investors care about water

April 19, 2015

One of the great teaching tools in undergraduate economics is the Diamond-Water Paradox, which challenges us to think through why water, a necessity of life, is almost free, while diamonds, which pretty much everyone can live without, are expensive....

BDCs' juicy yields attracting a lot of insider buying

February 17, 2015

The investment landscape is generally not friendly to investors looking for quality yielding investments. With the 10-year Treasury yielding under 2% and investment grade debt offering not much more, it is really difficult to find quality yield....

9 most valuable collectibles for your clients now

October 3, 2014

Global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which publishes data on the market of high net worth individuals, compiles indexes of nine collectible markets to track how much each category is rising or falling in price. Indexes of collectibles...

8 of the most valuable guns ever sold

January 14, 2015

Guns, like many collectors’ items, often change hands in private sales, while others fetch large sums at auctions. Here are eight guns that made headlines for the record cash they drew on the auction floor, courtesy of The Richest and GunzMart....

How Lewis Altfest makes the alternatives talk not so spooky

October 31, 2013

One of the most popular sessions at this year's InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference was on how to talk to clients about alternatives. So my ears perked up Thursday when renowned financial adviser Lewis Alftest shared the pitch...

The great correlation: Is it finally over?

September 29, 2013

The unprecedented correlation between asset classes that stemmed from the financial crisis appears to be over, strategists said last Tuesday at the Alternative Investments Conference. Financial advisers need to keep that in mind as they build...

Alternatives can be a useful tool to offset volatility

September 22, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of a webcast, “Why Alternatives, Why Now,” held Aug. 27. It was moderated by InvestmentNews senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: We're going to go around the horn for some introductions, and...

Early leaders in liquid alternatives

September 22, 2013

It may take several more years for the cream-of-the-crop liquid-alternatives managers to emerge, but even in the early innings, these four firms are making strong cases. BlackRock Inc. Number of alternatives funds: six Alternatives mutual fund...

BDC cuts ties with B-D

September 1, 2013

A nascent nontraded business development company has cut ties with its outside broker-dealer manager, citing a lack of financial stability at the broker-dealer. The VII Peaks-KBR Co-Optivist Income BDC II Inc. said in a filing with the Securities...

How alternatives are changing the landscape of investing

August 5, 2014

The development of alternative rock music in the '80s and '90s changed music forever. The name "alternative rock" is an umbrella term for underground music that emerged in the wake of punk rock in the mid-80s. According to various definitions,...

Pimco continues to march toward alt investments

August 25, 2013

Bond giant Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC is taking the next step to build itself into an alternatives investments powerhouse by preparing to launch its first managed-futures mutual fund. Pimco on July 16 filed a preliminary prospectus...

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