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Do-it-yourself deals are all the rage among rich investors

September 14, 2018

The champagne was flowing at a Hamptons gathering last month for members of Tiger 21, an investment club for the ultrawealthy. After some schmoozing, talk turned to a hot topic: do-it-yourself deal-making. Some attendees invested directly in...

Galvin investigating 63 broker-dealers selling private placements from GPB Capital

September 12, 2018

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced a sweeping investigation Wednesday into 63 broker-dealer firms selling private placements from GPB Capital Holdings. The Massachusetts Securities Division, which Mr. Galvin...

Crypto craze puts retirement savings at risk

August 29, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week rejected nine separate schemes to create the world's first bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which would open the door to investing in cryptocurrency in retirement accounts. This follows the SEC's...

Top private placement manager GPB to restate financial statements of certain funds

August 24, 2018

GPB Capital Holdings will overhaul and restate the 2015 and 2016 financial statements of certain funds as part of its accounting review, according to letters sent to broker-dealers. Last week, InvestmentNews reported that GPB Capital Holdings,...

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to alternative investments

August 13, 2018

In recent years, retail alternative investment products, along with the companies that package them, have come under siege from regulators, investors, the press and even some advisers. None of this is a secret, and, quite frankly, some of the...

Sell-off in cryptocurrencies reaches new low

August 8, 2018

This year's sell-off in cryptocurrencies plumbed new depths Wednesday after the Securities and Exchange Commission dented enthusiasts' hopes for a VanEck exchange-traded fund backed by bitcoin. A broad selloff in coins of all types reduced the...

Private banks are the new hedge funds

August 8, 2018

Who needs hedge funds when a $2.4 trillion private bank is offering global macro trades to navigate late-cycle markets — mimicking fast-money strategies with leverage to boot. UBS Group's wealth management arm, the world's largest, is pitching...

Investors rekindle love affair with hedge funds

August 7, 2018

Investors are back to loving hedge funds, if you can still call them that. Net demand for allocating to hedge funds is the highest in at least three years at 28%, compared with 12% a year prior, according to a Credit Suisse Group AG survey released...

Bitcoin trade gone bad leaves counterparties holding the bag

August 3, 2018

A massive wrong-way bet on bitcoin left an unidentified futures trader unable to cover losses, burning counterparties and threatening to dent confidence in one of the world's largest cryptocurrency venues. The long position in bitcoin futures...

Schorsch REIT listing a billion-dollar disaster for investors

July 30, 2018

The history of nontraded real estate investment trusts is littered with stories of companies that appear to have value and promise one day only to reveal a hideous portrait the next. Several REITs that raised money in the years before the 2008...

Clients have zero interest in crypto, BlackRock CEO says

July 16, 2018

Don't look to BlackRock Inc. to revive demand for cryptocurrencies. The world's largest asset manager isn't buying, because its clients have zero interest. "I don't believe any client has sought out crypto exposure," CEO Larry Fink said in an...

Frenzy to get bitcoin ETF is clogging SEC email

July 16, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission is fielding a deluge of messages from cryptocurrency enthusiasts after an exchange sought SEC approval to list a bitcoin ETF. In the three weeks since the SEC asked for feedback on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s...

Are nontraded REIT sales back from the dead?

July 12, 2018

Signs of life are creeping back into the moribund market for nontraded real estate investment trusts. While sales are down 18.5% the first half of this year when compared to 2017, fundraising has increased for three consecutive quarters, according...

Galvin: 10 broker-dealers to be scrutinized

July 2, 2018

Ten broker-dealers based in Massachusetts will be scrutinized by the state in connection with their practices around private-placement sales, according to a release from William F. Galvin, the state's chief securities regulator. The firms involved...

Bitcoin bubble approaches dot-com levels

June 29, 2018

Bitcoin's meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency's 2018 crash may help cement its place in the bubble record books. Down 70% from its December high after sliding...

Upstart RIA uses access to alternatives to recruit advisers

June 28, 2018

A fledgling New York-based financial advisory firm aims to make a big splash as a consolidator by baiting the hook with access to sophisticated investments. Third Seven Advisors, which has absorbed two advisory practices for a total of nearly...

Younger millionaires want advice on cryptocurrency

June 19, 2018

Wealth managers should overcome their reluctance to discuss cryptocurrency investments with their younger rich clients, to prevent them from turning to other specialists for advice, according to consultant Capgemini. More than 70% of millionaires...

LPL rolls out blockchain separately managed account

June 18, 2018

LPL Financial has rolled out a new blockchain strategy separately managed account that LPL's advisers can offer their clients or use to build client portfolios. Blockchain is the driving force behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies,...

Demand grows for structured notes

June 6, 2018

Financial advisers recently have grown more interested in structured notes, a type of debt with a return linked to the performance of a single security, an index of stocks or other investments, according to one executive from a leading distribution...

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...

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