Alternative Investments

The global alternative investment space now sits at more than $9 trillion in global assets, and we’re just getting started. Roughly 40% of RIAs are using alternative investments. With the RIA space expanding and alternative investment demand rising among investors – a surge in data, news, and opinion will continue. This channel cuts through the noise to give you the most important actionable insight.

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Artificial Intelligence: Coronavirus! This AI Startup Warned of the Outbreak on December 31

Toronto-based BlueDot, which uses big data and AI, red-flagged the coronavirus outbreak in December. BlueDot’s AI-driven health monitoring platform analyzes billions of data points. Its process works something like this: It pores over global news reports, airline data, and animal disease outbreaks using natural language processing and machine learning techniques. The outputs from the platform are scanned by epidemiologists who sound the alert if they spot an outbreak.

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Digital Assets: The YouTube-Vs.-Crypto Standoff Ends Happily Ever After
December 27, 2019

YouTube pushed crypto-channel owners into hiding. Now its admitted to an error. It will reinstate videos and resolve strikes.

Alternative Investments: America’s Student Loan Debt in 2019 Hits New Record
December 27, 2019

A college degree is no longer a tool; it’s a luxury available to the rich About 45 million people in the US are being crushed under the weight of federal…

Alternative Investments: Now, BlackRock, Temasek in Chinese Wealth Management JV
December 26, 2019

Global asset manager BlackRock and sovereign wealth fund Temasek are making a beeline for the vast opportunities opening up in the Land of the Red Dragon. Chinese regulations now allow…

Alberta Investment Management Joins KKR in Canadian Pipeline Deal
December 26, 2019

Alberta Investment Management is linking up with private equity giant KKR to purchase a big stake in TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The Canadian pipeline project is part of a…

Alternative Investments: Christmas Cheer as Fund Managers Cut Fees
December 26, 2019

In the ongoing ‘race-to-zero,’ Vanguard and Dimensional both cut fees this week. Vanguard lowered expense ratios on three international income-oriented funds and four externally managed equity funds on December 19….

Alternative Investments: Chinese Corporate Defaults Touch Record in 2019
December 26, 2019

As 2019 grinds to a close, Chinese corporate defaults surged to a record RMB 130 billion ($18.6 billion). According to FT, which cited Bloomberg data, this value eclipsed the previous…

Private Equity Firm Lone Star Looking to Buy Unizo Holdings?
December 24, 2019

Unizo Holdings, the Japanese hotel company, said this weekend that a new bidder has emerged with a friendly offer. U.S. investment fund Lone Star is expected to launch a tender…

Alternative Investments: As China Liberalises, Amundi Wins Joint Venture Approval
December 24, 2019

Amundi Asset Management gains an early mover advantage in China. Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager with € 1.563 trillion of assets, secured approval for the first foreigner controlled wealth management…

Alternative Investments: PIMCO’s New ESG-Focused ETF
December 24, 2019

Bond giant PIMCO has launched RAFE, a smart beta ESG ETF. Here’s another environment-social-governance (ESG) focused ETF from PIMCO, the leading fixed-income fund house. Offered in collaboration with Research Affiliates,…

FinTech: ZestMoney, the Loan Startup for India’s Credit-challenged, Raises $20 Million
December 23, 2019

ZestMoney, the Loan Startup for India’s Credit-challenged, Raises $20 Million from Goldman Sachs and others