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New York Life buys IndexIQ to expand liquid alts offering, add hedge fund ETFs

December 4, 2014

New York Life Insurance Co. agreed to buy asset manager IndexIQ, pushing into exchange-traded funds and adding offerings for retail investors who want to copy hedge-fund approaches. The transaction “puts us into the forefront of two very important...

Oil producers are feeling the heat from falling prices

December 3, 2014

Some oil producers have a lot to lose from cheap oil. When big debt comes back to bite you. Banks could hold oil producers over a barrel Merrill brokers are hitting the bricks, and they say it's because Bank of America is micromanaging the brokerage...

Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts

November 26, 2014

Oil traders are hitting the brakes as oil prices slide and OPEC dithers. Translation: The situation is highly uncertain. Bracing for more downside Hedge fund shop showing a serious commitment to liquid alternatives by converting its third hedge...

Hedge fund performance continues to disappoint

November 25, 2014

When Douglas Kobak was an adviser at a large brokerage firm, he suggested his wealthiest clients buy a hedge fund promising to be "a very conservative alternative to bonds." Then the credit crisis hit in 2008, the fund imploded and investors...

Falcone resigns as chairman, CEO of Harbinger Group

November 25, 2014

Investor Philip Falcone is stepping down as chairman and chief executive of publicly traded Harbinger Group Inc. to focus on his hedge fund firm. Mr. Falcone will receive a one-time payment of $20.5 million, “$16.5 million in respect of Mr....

John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans

November 25, 2014

John Hancock steps up to support for liquid alternatives in defined contribution plans. University endowments allocate 53% to alternatives, but most retail-class investors are stuck with long-only stock and bond funds. As straightforward as...

Federal Reserve's next move might not be until 2016

November 18, 2014

Surprise, surprise. The latest data from the Fed show that it might be 2016 before that stubborn 2% inflation target is met, meaning the first rate hike could be pushed off even further. Issues facing Fed officials What's scarier than rising...

Despite Steven A. Cohen's investment, RCAP shares face short-term hurdles

November 18, 2014

Hedge fund giant Steven A. Cohen boosting his ownership of shares in RCS Capital Corp. is a positive sign for the company, known by its ticker RCAP, but the stock still faces hurdles in the near term, one investor said. “I think there is a...

Robo advice meets alternative investments

November 17, 2014

In the latest twist on robo-advice, Insight Advisors in Los Angeles aims to apply automated separate account management to the alternative investments business. The success of the new platform, which aspires to build customized hedge fund-like...

Buyer beware: Liquid alts are not created equal

November 11, 2014

Financial advisers wading into the liquid alternatives waters can learn a lot from the humbling first-effort by Morgan Stanley, which is proving that performance matters, and disparity is a big deal in this space. As detailed by DailyAlts, the...

The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

October 21, 2014

Cheap oil threatens the U.S. energy boom and the fallout is not optimal. In the shale business it's not as easy as just reducing production. Paying less for foreign goods and services Making the case for investing in bond funds gets tougher...

Market strategists unbowed

October 16, 2014

The rout in stocks has not pushed market strategists to cut their year-end forecasts. It's just going to take a bigger rally to get there. S&P 500 rout leaves Wall Street unbowed as tide ebbs on calls But that resolve could be tested today....

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

Alternatives: A key piece of the investment puzzle

October 12, 2014

The case for traditional long-only allocations to stocks and bonds is getting weaker by the day, and that's putting the financial advice industry, if somewhat reluctantly, at the junction of major change. Embracing the change might not even...

Market chop puts alternative strategies front and center

October 10, 2014

It's not too late to add some portfolio insurance in the form of liquid alternatives. Here are some mutual funds that have been stacking up nicely against their more expensive hedge fund counterparts. Better examples of hedge funds than hedge...

Accredited-investor definition revamp backed by SEC panel

October 9, 2014

For the first time in 32 years, the idea of who should qualify as an accredited investor and be able to partake in private placements is being seriously questioned. The ultimate decision will impact which Americans can invest in nonpublic offerings...

Morningstar partners with ProShares to manage an alternative ETF

October 9, 2014

ETF provider ProShares has teamed up with Morningstar Inc. to launch an alternative strategy indexed exchange-traded fund, which began trading Thursday. The ProShares Morningstar Alternatives Solution ETF (ALTS) will track an index maintained...

Goldman Sachs strategists say investors hold too much stocks and bonds and need to jack up alternatives allocations

October 7, 2014

In the 1970s it made sense for investors to invest almost solely in stocks for risk and bonds for safety. But those days are long gone, according to Theodore Enders, senior portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “It's typical...

SEC advisory panel recommends new approach to accredited investor label

September 23, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission should revise rules for designating someone a sophisticated investor who can participate in private securities offerings, according to recommendations that will be put before the agency next month. The...

Market risk is ignored by invincible investors

September 23, 2014

The downside of a Fed-fueled bull market is that everyone feels like an investment genius. The real risk in this market is that investors are starting to believe their portfolios are invincible. Confusing brilliance with a bull market Mohamed...

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