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Liquid Alternatives: RIP 60:40. Liquid Alts Solve the New Equation

Volatile equity markets and declining fixed income yields have turned the traditional 60:40 portfolio allocation between stocks and bonds on its head. According to one study, an investor would today need to allocate 83% to equity, 15% to real estate, and only 2% to bonds to earn a similar rate of return as a couple of decades ago. Unfortunately, such a high component of equity would push up the portfolio’s volatility and risk to unacceptable levels. Liquid alts can be the solution to this dilemma.

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Climate Change Protests in London: Activists Glue Themselves to BlackRock’s Doors
October 14, 2019

Climate change activists took on the world’s biggest financial institutions today, specifically BlackRock and the Bank of England, in London. They demanded the cessation of funding of a looming environmental…

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Libra Association Dealt A One-Two-Punch: Defections, And Now, The G7
October 14, 2019

Last week, eBay, Visa, Mastercard, and Stripe followed PayPal out of the Libra Association; now, the G7 warns against digital currencies. Last week, fears of regulatory uncertainty (and repercussions) probably…

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Nubank, the Brazilian Fintech, Hits a Purple Patch
October 14, 2019

Brazilian fintech startup Nubank has added three million users since August this year. Speaking at the Brazil Investment Forum in Sao Paulo, Nubank founder and CEO David Vélez said the…

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Temasek Will Sit Out the Saudi Aramco IPO on Environmental Concerns
October 12, 2019

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings will not invest in Saudi Aramco’s mega-IPO, sources said, according to Bloomberg. Temasek, which focuses on sustainability and environmental, social and governance principles, will, therefore, be unable…

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Finmason Clocks Analysis Of 10 Million Portfolios
October 11, 2019

U.S. based fintech FinMason is the world’s largest independent investment analytics engine for financial services platforms. FinMason announced this week that it had analyzed over 10 million portfolios for clients….

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Madison Dearborn Partners Eyes Eighth Fund, Sets $4.5 Billion Goal
October 11, 2019

Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity giant, is launching its eighth fund. The company wants to raise $4.5 billion. The figure would top the $4.4 billion it raised for…

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Fidelity Investments Eliminates Commissions
October 11, 2019

Fidelity Investments announced Thursday that it is eliminating commissions for stock trading. The elimination of commissions will also include exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and options. The firm is the latest in…

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AGF Leverages Its Quants Team to Offer Three Liquid Alternative Funds in Canada
October 11, 2019

Three new liquid alternative funds from AGF Investments Inc. provide better risk-adjusted returns. AGF has just launched three liquid alt funds in Canada. These are the (AGFiQ) US Market Neutral…

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Ripple’s Blockchain to Support Finastra’s Cross-Border Payments
October 11, 2019

Enterprise blockchain provider and payment network Ripple has tied-up with giant fintech Finastra. The latter’s users can utilize Ripple’s blockchain based network and its RippleNet partners for cross-border payments. RippleNet,…

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Bitcoin Options to be Highly Popular with Asian Traders, Miners: CME Group
October 10, 2019

CME Group’s forthcoming launch of Bitcoin options will likely be lapped up by Asian crypto players. Asian crypto traders and miners, along with European speculators and hedgers, already account for…

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