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What makes an alternative an alternative? Don't bother asking many investors

October 14, 2011

Though few investors really grasp alternatives, portfolio managers suggest that advisers introduce them to the strategies as a diversification tactic. “Initially, it was hard to get domestic clients overseas, but using a small portion of their...

Wasserstein haunts Harry & David in buyout doomed to bankruptcy

October 12, 2011

Bruce Wasserstein, dead for two years, still casts a pall over the Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon. There, in and around the town of Medford, more than 2,000 employees of Harry & David Holdings Inc., the century-old seller of mail-order...

Most advisers wish they knew more about alternatives, but...

October 10, 2011

Even though the majority of advisers are not as well-versed on the subject of alternative investments as they might like, few are deterred from discussing them with clients — or actually putting them to use in their clients' portfolios. InvestmentNews...

Hedge funds sank further in September

October 10, 2011

The month of September was not good for hedge funds, but the alternative strategies on average still managed to outpace the broad equity market indexes, according to the latest report from Hennessee Group LLC. The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index...

More options make bets on alpha easier

October 9, 2011

As the mutual fund industry continues to migrate toward the alternatives arena, financial advisers might find individual fund selection among the more challenging parts of their job. That was among the topics covered last week at the alternative-investments...

Experts: Alternatives a mandatory allocation

October 9, 2011

Alternative investments have become compulsory in recent years as investors have sought gains in all kinds of markets, according to investment experts. “Every adviser should allocate some capital to hedged equity,” James K. Dilworth, founder...

BlackRock rolls out alternatives funds for the Average Joe

October 7, 2011

BlackRock Inc. will give its retail clients access to alternative investments through mutual funds, a product it says investors have been clamoring for. The company expects to launch more funds in a growing suite of alternative investment products....

Every adviser should be invested in alternatives: Investment experts

October 3, 2011

Alternative investments have become compulsory in recent years as investors have sought gains in all kinds of markets, according to investment experts. “Every adviser should allocate some capital to hedged equity,” said James K. Dilworth,...

Real estate might need a renovation, but it's still a good diversifier

October 3, 2011

Investors are skittish about real estate investments due to the beating the sector took over the past few years, but alternative-investment managers say real estate has some features that make it worth another look. That was the message from...

More options make alpha bets easier

October 3, 2011

As the mutual fund industry continues to migrate toward the alternatives space, financial advisers might find individual fund selection among the more challenging parts of their job. That was among the takeaways this afternoon at the InvestmentNews...

Which alternatives now? (Webcast transcript)

September 11, 2011

The following is an edited transcript of the Aug. 23 webcast “Which Alternatives Now.” It was moderated by deputy editor Evan Cooper and senior editor Jeff Benjamin. Panlelists featured were: Ricardo L. Cortez, Broadmark Asset Management...

Why the wealthy are still sticking with hedge funds

September 7, 2011

Almost half of Leslie Quick’s personal portfolio is dedicated to hedge funds, a position he’s increased this year even as the lightly regulated asset pools have returned less than 4 percent. “I think we’re coming into a period where...

Clients clamoring for alternative investments — and advisers obliging

August 31, 2011

More than three-quarters of retail advisers use alternatives in their client portfolios, with an average of 11% of their book invested in venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, structured products and other such investments. Of the 78%...

Gold near $1,900 set to go 'parabolic,' analyst warns

August 22, 2011

Gold's rally to a record near $1,900 an ounce pushed the metal to overbought levels according to technical analysis tools, as economist Dennis Gartman said prices will go “parabolic.” Bullion's relative strength index has topped 70 since...

Surprise! S&P 500 index no longer largest ETF

August 22, 2011

Gold reached a new milestone in its role as an investment and haven, with the leading exchange-traded fund that tracks bullion surpassing its equities counterpart as the biggest ETF by market value. SPDR Gold Trust's market capitalization rose...

Investors using ETPs more for risk management

August 21, 2011

Stomach-turning global volatility has bolstered demand for certain alternative exchange-traded products used by institutions to hedge their portfolios or make directional bets quickly in order to profit from market instability. “We've seen...

Alternative investments: What advisers are using now

August 3, 2011

Advisers are steering clients into alternative investment strategies at a record clip. Why the sudden boom in alternatives? And where is the money heading? InvestmentNews offers exclusive insights. For more information on alternatives, and to...

Will arbitration loss cap CapWest?

July 27, 2011

Teetering on the edge, CapWest Securities Inc. lost a costly Finra arbitration case this month. The ruling is potentially dire news for a firm which was a leading seller of failed private placements over the last decade. In March, the brokerage...

Oil and gas investments fuel economy - and client returns

July 24, 2011

Adviser Jim Ehrenkrook believes that investing in oil and gas is crucial to clients' portfolio performance. After all, he said, the oil and gas industry underpins the U.S. and global economies. “Fossil fuels are a part of the economy,” said...

Alternative-strategy funds thrive despite spotty record

July 24, 2011

Advisers are pouring money into mutual funds that employ alternative strategies, a sign that they are still looking to reduce risk in their clients' portfolios despite a market rebound. Meanwhile, many of the funds sporting alternative strategies...

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