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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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Despite Turbulence, Hedge Funds Achieve Q2 Gains

July 10, 2020

Hedge Funds Up Amid Volatile Markets.   Hedge funds were up nearly two percent in the month of June.  This means that the industry faced its third monthly gain in a row.  Although the industry aggregate  — as measured by the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index — is still down, hedge funds are doing well considering…

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Hedge Fund Titan Ray Dalio Recommends Investing in Gold

July 19, 2019

The yellow metal will benefit from the looming “paradigm shift” in investing, he says
According to Ray Dalio, chief of Bridgewater Associates, the ongoing party in stocks will soon run its course. Investors are likely to head for the exits amidst lower returns on equities, seeking other assets to invest in.

Blackstone Group may raise over $100 billion this year

July 18, 2019

At the end of the second quarter Blackstone had a record $545.5 billion in assets under management
Blackstone Group Inc, the world’s largest manager of alternative assets, raised $45.1 billion during the second quarter, giving it a total of $88 billion raised during the first six months of this year.

Film Maker Luc Besson May Offer EuropaCorp to Vine Alternative Investments

July 15, 2019

Luc Besson controlled EuropaCorp ran into financial difficulties after the flop of its 2017 mega-budget sci-fi epic Valerian. The company has reportedly been in talks with potential suitors since May 2019.
Besson is not interested in the overtures of Pathe, a film group that distributes his movies in France.

Art: The ultimate alternative investment, now more accessible

July 13, 2019

Art is often called the ultimate alternative investment because it is completely uncorrelated to traditional markets such as stocks
Consider this: If, 18 years ago, you invested in an art portfolio that mimicked the ArtPrice 100, the art index which considers the most significant artists selling on auction, your portfolio would have outperformed the S&P 500 by a solid 250%.

Investing in Wine: Here are Three Ways to Profit

July 9, 2019

This may be a pleasant surprise, but wine investing can be profitable.
Here’s an example of a drinkable multi-bagger. Someone who bought 1982 Château Latour wine futures when it presold for about $40 a bottle in 1983 would be making a fat profit, because it now sells for about $1,500 a bottle.

Is the Art Market an Attractive Alternative Investment?

July 2, 2019

It would seem that blue chips are not to be found in the stock market alone. These exist in the art market as well in the form of top notch artists.
And if the above comparison of the first half performance of the art and stock markets is any guide, these blue chip artists are right up there holding their own against the best companies in the American economy!

Japanese institutional investors increasingly partial to alternatives

June 28, 2019

Two-thirds of Japanese institutional investors have invested in at least one alternative asset class, as persistent low yields have pushed them to look beyond traditional investment routes, says Preqin.
Further, over the next year, almost all institutions with alternative investments were planning to add new investments, the report said.

EisnerAmper survey of alternative investment professionals: Modestly bullish

June 27, 2019

A survey of alternative investment professionals conducted on June 19, 2019, at EisnerAmper’s 4th Annual Alternative Investment Summit in New York found that nearly half expected significant or moderate economic growth for the remainder of the year.

Innovative ESG fund from Trium Capital

June 27, 2019

Trium Capital, the alternative asset manager based in London, is launching an innovative ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) fund that will invest in European companies in the energy, materials, utilities and industrial sectors.

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Japanese Investors Flee Traditional Investments

June 24, 2019

With 10-year Japanese government bond yields at 0%, and equities generating dividend yields at a mere 1.8%, Japanese institutional investors are shedding their aversion for risk and entering alternative investments like never before.

Globally, Canadian Institutional Investors Most Likely to Boost Alt Investments

June 24, 2019

Alternative investments are certainly the flavour of the season for Canadian institutional investors, according to data from a CIBC Mellon survey. More than half (58%) plan to increase their allocations to alternatives, while 42% said they will maintain existing levels. Across the world, a previous BNY Mellon report said only 53% of investors planned to increase allocations.

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Fitch Study: Alternative Investment Returns Doesn’t Beat Equities

June 24, 2019

Fitch Ratings studied the returns from alternative investments made by 180 state and local public pension funds over the period 2001 through 2017 and found they were not nearly so outstanding as hyped.

Cerulli Associates: European Retail Investors Seek Alternatives

June 20, 2019

Cerulli Associates, the global research and consulting firm, finds evidence that European retail investors are increasing attracted to alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and private debt.

Corporate Defined Benefit Plans Now Have “Alternatives”

June 20, 2019

Outsourced chief investment officers (OCIO), are increasingly being used by institutions to identify high-quality investment opportunities and extend their range over asset classes. Research by Cerulli Associates indicates these OCIOs are favourably inclined towards alternative investing given diversification benefits and scope for higher returns.

BlackRock Faces New Criticism Over Fossil Fuels

June 20, 2019

BlackRock is in the eye of a media storm for consistently not putting its money where its mouth is on climate change.
On the flip side, BlackRock’s iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL) hoovered up $851 million when it launched last month. This fund invests in the best corporate citizens in the US as part of a responsible investing theme.

Is the Wealthfront Risk Parity Fund Living Up to its Promise?

June 20, 2019

Coming from the stable of Wealthfront Inc., which has over $10 billion under management, the Risk Parity Fund was modelled after Ray Dalio’s strategy that aims to diversify portfolios in such a way as to neutralize large price swings in any particular asset.

ACP to Launch ESG Alternative Investment Funds

June 20, 2019

Alternative Capital Partners is an Italian asset management firm that focuses on alternatives and applies ESG principles to all underlying asset classes. They believe that fund returns can be improved by the additional thrust on ESG sustainability principles. At the same time, there will be a beneficial impact on the environment and the real Italian economy.