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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...

Will global macro finally shine?

April 17, 2018

Following the Federal Reserve's latest decision to increase its benchmark interest rate in March, and as a growing number of central banks around the world reverse their policies of monetary stimulus, advisers and investors should take the opportunity...

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...

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...

JPMorgan Chase to make alt investments available to the many

May 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to offer sophisticated investments to a much broader clientele. The bank is slashing requirements to participate in certain alternative investments that its asset management arm once offered mainly to institutions...

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...

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...

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...

Neuberger Berman launches specialty finance group

May 2, 2018

Neuberger Berman has launched a specialty finance group and hired Peter Sterling as a managing director and head of the new group, spokesman Alexander Samuelson said. The Neuberger Berman Specialty Finance group will seek assets within the consumer,...

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...

JPMorgan Chase sued for charging 'sky-high' fees for crypto purchases

April 12, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been sued for charging "sky-high" interest rates and fees to customers who used their credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Brady Tucker, a Chase credit card customer in Idaho, claims the bank in January...

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...

Beware of so-called 'liquid' alts for retail investors

October 30, 2017

In the independent broker-dealer and RIA space, the term "alternative investment" means exactly what it implies: It is an alternative to commonly held liquid investments traded on a public exchange. Alternatives can be inappropriate for those...

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...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

Why isn't gold soaring?

March 5, 2018

Gold is the investment for times of disaster, disruption and global dislocation. So why has gold been so tranquil this year? It's a difficult question. When the most recent correction in the stock market started on Jan. 26, gold sold at $1,354....

Reforming compensation practices in the retail alternatives space

June 20, 2017

It's become increasingly clear that, while the investment goals of retail alternative products are crucial to investor portfolios, a number of alternative product sponsors should seriously consider moving towards a cost and compensation model...

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...

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...

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