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Unit investment trusts could take center stage amid market volatility

October 22, 2018

As the U.S. stock market nears a decade of expansion and enters a potential "new normal" of increased market volatility, independent financial advisers are finding it harder to rely on a standard buy-and-hold strategy. In this landscape, unit...

Is the endowment model relevant for individual investors?

October 22, 2018

The endowment style of investing, developed by David Swenson at Yale University in the mid-1980s, has gained increased attention over the past several decades as more investors seek to emulate part or all of the more diversified strategy. Yet...

Market volatility brings alternative investments back into focus

October 19, 2018

At least on paper, it should be easy to make the case for allocating portfolio assets toward more alternative strategies designed to reduce some of the risk imbedded in a 10-year bull market for stocks. Reality, however, shows that investors...

More big names in financial services enter the cryptocurrency world

October 4, 2018

TD Ameritrade and Ric Edelman are the latest to hitch their big brand names to the cryptocurrency bandwagon. TD announced Wednesday that it had made an investment in ErisX, a fully regulated derivatives exchange and clearing firm that plans...

BlackRock, Thomson Reuters launch new diversity and inclusion ETF

September 24, 2018

BlackRock Inc. and Thomson Reuters are partnering on a new exchange-traded fund that invests in companies that promote diversity and inclusion practices. The new iShares Thomson Reuters Inclusion & Diversity UCITS ETF (OPEN) tracks an index...

Bank of America to sell alternative operations with $20 billion to iCapital

September 19, 2018

Bank of America Corp. agreed to sell businesses that administer alternative investment feeder funds to iCapital Network, a financial technology firm led by a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker. The operations for feeder funds, which pool...

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...

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...

Investors wait for financial statements from leading seller of alternative investments

July 11, 2018

One of the current leading sellers of illiquid, high-commission alternative investments through independent broker-dealers, GPB Capital Holdings, has yet to file financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission for two of its...

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...

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