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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Alternative Investments: Illinois TRS Allocates $665 Million to Alt Funds
December 12, 2019

Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, Springfield, committed a total of $665 million to six alternative investment funds. The $ 52.3 billion Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS) allocated $ 665 million to…

New BDO Report Shows VC and Private Equity Preparing for Downturn
December 12, 2019

A new BDOreport U.S. Private Capital Outlook explores the preparations of venture capital and private equity firms ahead of a projected downturn. The report replaces and expands on BDO’s report,…

Alternative Investments: Japanese Economic Growth Surprises to the Upside – ETFs to Pick
December 12, 2019

Japanese economic growth during the third quarter of 2019 surpassed both preliminary and market forecasts. Japan’s GDP growth during the third quarter of 2019 came in at an annualized 1.8%….

Hedge Fund AQR Asset Management Report Talks “Risk On”
December 11, 2019

AQR Asset Management researchers have put out a new paper that looks at fixed income investing. As rates have declined over the past 20 years, active fixed income managers have…

Notz Stucki Will Purchase Alternative Investments Manager Jam Research
December 11, 2019

Notz Stucki has purchased Geneva-based alternative investment management firm JAM Research.

Alternative Investments: CPPIB Commits $600 Million to Indian Infrastructure
December 10, 2019

The CPPIB will invest up to $600 million in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India. CPPIB’s investment is complementary to its existing direct investment strategy in Indian…

Magnetar Capital Aims to Launch $400 Million Health Fund
December 9, 2019

Magnetar Capital will launch its first healthcare hedge fund in 2020. The firm aims to close a $400 million fund by mid-2020, according to Bloomberg. The company will look to…

Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman Looks for 50% Returns in 2019
December 9, 2019

Billionaire Bill Ackman and his hedge fund are having a great 2019. Last month, Ackman’s hedge fund added another gross return of 3.4% — or 3.2% after fees. This gain…

Canadian Pensions Home in on Lucrative Indian Private Debt
December 9, 2019

A lending crisis has opened up profitable opportunities to lend to Indian performing companies. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, may deploy up…

SEC Blocks NYSE Bid for Direct Listings
December 9, 2019

What are direct listings? They are not allowed by the SEC at the New York Stock Exchange. Direct listings allow firms to engage in the public equity markets without selling…