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Newbridge target of investor complaints over REIT sales

February 13, 2018

Newbridge Securities Corp. could face two dozen investor complaints from police, fireman and other Philadelphia public employees alleging millions in damages from the sale of illiquid nontraded real estate investment trusts managed by one-time...

Alternative funds suddenly look a whole lot better

February 8, 2018

If ever there were a time for alternative funds to shine, it would be now. And some of them are actually doing that. The Dow Jones industrial average has been gyrating like a dozen hamsters in an exercise wheel. Thursday, the blue-chip index...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Energy funds rally sharply

January 12, 2018

As the Standard & Poor's 500 soars higher, there's another bull market bubbling up: Crude oil. Black gold. Texas tea. But before you sell the shack and move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind there's a whole lot of oil still in the ground and offshore,...

Best-performing international ETFs in 2017

January 10, 2018

International markets woke from a multi-year slumber in 2017, aided by a declining dollar. Among developed markets, Austria (55%), Denmark (32%) and Singapore (31%) all beat U.S. stocks. And among emerging markets, investors were saying “Thank...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Which investors are most attracted to ESG investments and why?

December 2, 2017

Increasingly, Americans are seeking to link their values to their investment portfolios. But not all advisers feel equipped to dole out advice on responsible investing. See what motivates advisers who back environmental, social and governance...

Alternative beta raises the bar on hedge funds

November 30, 2017

Here's a paradox for financial advisers to consider: As it relates to traditional indexing, we would never invest in an active manager in long-only equity without benchmarking them to the relative index. But in the hedge fund world, we've accepted...

Not all smart-beta funds are smart

November 30, 2017

"Smart-beta" strategies are index funds that attempt to beat the market or achieve specific objectives, like higher income or lower risk, through security selection, alternative weighting or some combination of the two. They express active bets,...

Nontraded BDC sales in worst year since 2010

November 22, 2017

Sales of nontraded business development companies are on track to decline for a third consecutive year and are on the way to posting their worst year for equity raising since 2010, when the product was just beginning to be widely sold by independent...

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...

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