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Real liquidity: Why investors care about water

April 19, 2015

One of the great teaching tools in undergraduate economics is the Diamond-Water Paradox, which challenges us to think through why water, a necessity of life, is almost free, while diamonds, which pretty much everyone can live without, are expensive....

Best- and worst-performing emerging-market funds

August 19, 2017

U.S. open-end diversified emerging-market funds TOP 10 Name Current fund-level net assets YTD return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Net expense ratio Ashmore Emerging Markets Value Instl (EMFIX) $10,064,105 31.19% 41.24% 3.52% 6.70%...

Business development company language added to spending bill allows for increased leverage

March 23, 2018

Legislation that would allow business development companies to increase their use of debt and potentially boost returns became law Friday afternoon. The BDC measure was included in a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill approved by the House on...

Alternative strategies boomed after crisis, but haven't been tested

August 15, 2017

Closing in on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, and the stock market peak that preceded it in the fall of 2007, alternative-strategy mutual funds linger like an umbrella waiting for a storm. Alternative funds, which...

BDCs' juicy yields attracting a lot of insider buying

February 17, 2015

The investment landscape is generally not friendly to investors looking for quality yielding investments. With the 10-year Treasury yielding under 2% and investment grade debt offering not much more, it is really difficult to find quality yield....

8 of the most valuable guns ever sold

January 14, 2015

Guns, like many collectors’ items, often change hands in private sales, while others fetch large sums at auctions. Here are eight guns that made headlines for the record cash they drew on the auction floor, courtesy of The Richest and GunzMart....

9 most valuable collectibles for your clients now

October 3, 2014

Global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which publishes data on the market of high net worth individuals, compiles indexes of nine collectible markets to track how much each category is rising or falling in price. Indexes of collectibles...

How alternatives are changing the landscape of investing

August 5, 2014

The development of alternative rock music in the '80s and '90s changed music forever. The name "alternative rock" is an umbrella term for underground music that emerged in the wake of punk rock in the mid-80s. According to various definitions,...

Oaktree Capital to take over two Fifth Street BDCs in $320 million deal

July 17, 2017

Oaktree Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based alternative investments manager, will pay $320 million in cash to Fifth Street Management to become the investment adviser to two business development companies: Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Fifth...

Flood into liquid alts bears watching

June 29, 2014

The heat is on this summer. And for the fastest-growing segment of the mutual fund industry, the temperature will continue to rise as the SEC begins its first phase of “sweep” exams. The target under the Securities and Exchange Commission's...

Lynn Tilton's Zohar funds file for bankruptcy

March 12, 2018

New York financier Lynn Tilton, who's been at the center of legal battles over three structured debt vehicles she used to finance distressed companies, put the funds into bankruptcy with plans to refinance debt or sell assets. Filings for Zohar...

The great correlation: Is it finally over?

September 29, 2013

The unprecedented correlation between asset classes that stemmed from the financial crisis appears to be over, strategists said last Tuesday at the Alternative Investments Conference. Financial advisers need to keep that in mind as they build...

Early leaders in liquid alternatives

September 22, 2013

It may take several more years for the cream-of-the-crop liquid-alternatives managers to emerge, but even in the early innings, these four firms are making strong cases. BlackRock Inc. Number of alternatives funds: six Alternatives mutual fund...

BDC cuts ties with B-D

September 1, 2013

A nascent nontraded business development company has cut ties with its outside broker-dealer manager, citing a lack of financial stability at the broker-dealer. The VII Peaks-KBR Co-Optivist Income BDC II Inc. said in a filing with the Securities...

How Lewis Altfest makes the alternatives talk not so spooky

October 31, 2013

One of the most popular sessions at this year's InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference was on how to talk to clients about alternatives. So my ears perked up Thursday when renowned financial adviser Lewis Alftest shared the pitch...

Alt gestalt: Greater allocation key

September 29, 2013

To make sure that alternatives are making a difference in a client's portfolio, financial advisers should allocate between 10% and 20% of their entire investments to alts, according to Nadia Papagiannis, director of alternatives fund research...

Where alts fit in a portfolio

September 23, 2013

The biggest role that alternatives can play in a portfolio is in reducing the portfolio's overall volatility so that investors can have the confidence to stay invested. “Individual asset class volatility is relatively normal, but portfolio-level...

Alternatives can be a useful tool to offset volatility

September 22, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of a webcast, “Why Alternatives, Why Now,” held Aug. 27. It was moderated by InvestmentNews senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: We're going to go around the horn for some introductions, and...

Morningstar's Papagiannis to deconstruct alts at IN's alternative investments conference

August 27, 2013

Attend the third annual Alternative Investments Conference, Sept. 23-24 in Chicago, and listen to Morningstar's Nadia Papagiannis give an overview of alternatives and the various vehicles through which they can be accessed. Reserve your seat...

Pimco continues to march toward alt investments

August 25, 2013

Bond giant Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC is taking the next step to build itself into an alternatives investments powerhouse by preparing to launch its first managed-futures mutual fund. Pimco on July 16 filed a preliminary prospectus...

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