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Understanding private equity investing

May 27, 2016

The nation's biggest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, better known as CalPERS, publicly disclosed last year that it has paid more than $3 billion in performance fees to private equity managers over the past 17...

Advisers take heed: Investment crowdfunding coming soon to a client near you

March 16, 2016

The investment crowdfunding space is virtually falling over itself in celebration of Legion M, a startup entertainment company that plans to sell private equity stakes to retail investors for a little as $100. Financial advisers should be paying...

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

Third Avenue rattles the junk bond market

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's unprecedented move last week of blocking investor redemptions from its junk-bond fund has clearly rattled the bond markets, but it doesn't mean this is the end of days for fixed income investors. Try not to freak out...

Crowdfunding platform borrows a page from private equity

November 16, 2015

The latest twist in the fast-evolving crowdfunding market borrows some aspects of private equity. Wunder Capital on Monday plans to launch its second investment fund since June, employing many of the structures used by private equity funds,...

Calpers makes another move away from pricey investments by trimming real estate exposure

November 13, 2015

Calpers trims its real estate holdings with a $3 billion sale, representing 10% of the pension giant's holdings. Part of a broader effort to simplify portfolio holdings and reduce fees. The SEC has cracked down on adviser for allegedly convincing...

The endless and irrelevant financial woes of presidential candidates

November 11, 2015

Presidential candidates are not always good at managing their own money, and voters don't care, or need to. Congress has control of the budget If growth stocks are still beating value, does that shoot all kinds of holes in the argument for smart...

With SEC poised to expand crowdfunding rules, it's time for advisers to get up to speed

October 29, 2015

Investment crowdfunding is coming to the retail-investor marketplace and financial advisers who are not up to speed could be missing an opportunity to provide valuable guidance to their clients. “I think it's a really big thing,” said Doug...

A 60-40 portfolio can no longer deliver growth and inflation protection, investment strategist warns

October 27, 2015

The standard setup of an investment portfolio has too many risks, not the least of which is an expected annual return of 2.2% for a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, according to Bob Rice, chief investment strategist at Tangent Capital....

Fallout at Fortress Investment Group

October 13, 2015

The dust is being kicked up at Fortress Investment Group, including the departure of a top hedge fund manager and the closing of a flagship fund in the wake of a really bad run. Michael Novogratz hits the bricks When it comes to retirement saving,...

Papal visits have become precursors to stock market pullbacks

September 23, 2015

Brace yourself for the latest stock market indicator as the Papal visit gets under way. Turns out, those rare trips to the U.S. by a Pope have not always been good for stocks. The three most recent trips were ominous signs for the markets Sen....

The next REIT privatization wave is underway

September 8, 2015

The swelling gap between public and private valuations is making REITs a sweet target. A treasure trove of properties Taking a swipe at liquid alternative investments is always fair. But blaming the current market environment on the category...

How advisers can benefit as the cost of private-equity investing is driven down

August 14, 2015

Investing history is about to repeat itself. Just as the cost of stock trading plunged in recent years – to zero, in some cases – increased liquidity and transparency will drive down the costs of private equity investing in coming years....

Lynn Tilton, the "Wonder Woman of Wall Street," goes from corporate savior to SEC target

July 16, 2015

Lynn Tilton was rushing to get dressed at her home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., when she got a tip that the Securities and Exchange Commission was about to charge her with fraud. Taking in the news, she froze for a moment, then grabbed her laptop....

Blackstone and BlackRock are starting to cross over into each other's bread and butter

June 30, 2015

To understand how Steve Schwarzman and Larry Fink, one-time partners who had an ugly breakup two decades ago, today compete for attention among the most powerful people in business and finance, consider the events of a few days in mid-April....

Private-equity investing made easy for financial advisers

June 18, 2015

Alternative investments platform CAIS and Mercer Consulting are teaming up to give financial advisers streamlined access to private-equity investments. The question is whether advisers are ready for private equity, a strategy that typically...

Asset managers beat the bushes to woo reclusive family offices

May 26, 2015

It was an invitation too good to resist. Matthew McCarthy was asked by KKR & Co. to fly to New York from Ohio, where he manages money for the founders of a consumer-products company. First, he had dinner with KKR's billionaire co-founder Henry...

A portfolio strategy that goes all in for alts to dial down market risk

May 20, 2015

For a lot of financial advisers, a 5% or 10% allocation to alternative investments is still viewed either as pushing the limits or as checking off the box for having some exposure to alternatives. But what about a 45% allocation that represents...

Asset manager sees gold in grass; starts PE pot fund

May 18, 2015

As marijuana becomes legalized in various parts of the country, investors and asset managers are grappling with the best way to make some money off the trend. The latest, and perhaps most aggressive, effort is a new private-equity fund from...

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