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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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Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Homebuilder ETFs In A Bull Grip

September 18, 2020

The NAHB/Wells Fargo National and Regional Housing Market Index (HMI) for single-family homes for the month of September rose from 78 in August to 83 in September. The reading indicates that homebuilder confidence and sentiment is at a record high – the highest in the survey’s 35-year record. It is a reflection of the strong demand for housing, particularly in the suburbs or exurbs.

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Hedge Funds: Citibank Accidentally sends $175 Million to Brigade Capital

August 19, 2020

Lawsuit Follows Mistaken Payment.  Citibank accidentally wired $175 million to Brigade Capital Management.  The hedge fund has not returned the money, which led Citibank to file a lawsuit.  The bank hopes to get the money back and argue that it was an “operational mistake.”  In court documents, Citibank explained that its intention was to send…

Private Equity: Carlyle Group Orders Quarantine Requirement 

August 19, 2020

Private Equity Giant Navigates Pandemic.  Private equity firm Carlyle Group ordered all employees who have used public transportation such as trains and buses to a 14 day quarantine.  The fund manager expects all of its employees at all offices to avoid public transportation.  If they happen to use public transportation at all, they must work…

Hedge Funds Short on Dollar for First Time Since 2018

August 18, 2020

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Short on Dollar for First Time Since 2018 Hedge funds have decreased in share prices for the first time since May 2018.  A decrease in price for the world’s reserve currency will continue as the market remains unpredictable.  Net futures held by funds against eight currencies dropped to minus 7,881 contracts. …

Private Equity: Private Equity Takes Away from Texas Retirement System

August 18, 2020

Private Equity Takes Away from Texas Retirement System The Employees’ Retirement System of Texas’s private equity portfolio has lost 2.14 percent as of June 30.  The private equity portfolio is worth $4.4 billion, but it was the biggest detractor at a 1.9 percent loss.  Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the private equity portfolio was strong at…

ESG: Insurers Take a Fancy To ESG & Sustainability ETFs (Invesco)

August 18, 2020

Invesco finds on analysis of recent asset allocation trends that some major institutional investors including insurers, have already realigned their portfolios in favor of ESG strategies. What’s more interesting is that these sophisticated investors are taking increasing recourse to ESG-focused ETFs to give effect to their strategies for sustainable investments.

Hedge Funds: Bridgewater Associates Invests $400 Million in Gold

August 17, 2020

Hedge Funds: Bridgewater Associates Invests $400 Million in Gold Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates hedge fund has invested $400 million in gold during the second quarter.  Based on Bridgewater’s 13F filings, the hedge fund bought 1.4 million shares of the SPDR Gold Trust.  Additionally, the company acquired 4.1 million shares in the iShares Gold Trust.  Bridgewater’s…

Private Equity: Hong Kong Private Equity Firm Proposes $1.4 Billion Counter Offer

August 17, 2020

Private Equity: Hong Kong Private Equity Firm Proposes $1.4 Billion Counter Offer Buyout private equity firm Baring Private Equity has recently made an offer to buy Japanese nursing home operator Nichiigakkan.  Nichiigakkan has already agreed to Bain Capital’s $1.2 billion offer, but Baring claims to value the nursing home operator at 146 billion yen, or…

Alternative Investments: iCapital To Provide Alternative Investment Solutions to PGIM’s Retail Clientele

August 14, 2020

PGIM Investments is the retail distribution arm of PGIM, Inc, the $1.4 trillion investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU). It has tied up with iCapital Network, a financial technology platform focused on alternative investing, for a customized technology solution to support PGIM’s high net worth clients and financial advisors. The latter will get access to PGIM’s real estate, private credit, and other private alternative investment solutions, hitherto only available to the firm’s institutional clients.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: The New Guardian i3 Global REIT ETF

August 13, 2020

The inaugural suite of five ETFs from Guardian Capital comprises two Directed Outcomes solutions that combine high conviction ideas with derivative overlays to seek high income and risk mitigation and three i3 funds that use artificial intelligence to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns. One of the ETFs in Guardian’s new suite is the Guardian i3 Global REIT ETF, an ETF focused on the global real estate market.

CRE Fundraising Faces Challenges Amid Ongoing Global Pandemic

August 13, 2020

Coronavirus continues its impact on the commercial real estate market.  COVID-19 has hit the commercial real estate market in North America particularly hard.  Growth for this sector has stalled in the first half of 2020.  According to a Preqin report, real estate funding for private equity is past its peak, which was $83 billion in…

Blackstone Invests in South Florida Real Estate

August 13, 2020

Real Estate Boon Amid Pandemic.  Blackstone Group announced its completion of a real estate transaction with Elion Partners, which includes industrial properties in Broward County.  The deal encompasses warehouses located in Weston, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.  Elion Partners initially paid $35 million for these properties in 2018 and 2019.   Medical devices company Venus Concept…

Liquid Alternatives: Prime Capital to Launch Liquid Alts Credit Fund

August 11, 2020

Liquid Alts Proliferate as Their Attributes Shine.  Independent asset manager Prime Capital is one of the lastest firms to roll out a liquid credit fund.  The fund offers a range of alternative credit strategies, including trade finance and real estate bridge financing.  This fund will invest between 15 and 20 funds globally.  They will be…

Hedge Funds: Lone Pine Hits the Jackpot

August 11, 2020

200% Gain on Afterpay Investment.  United States-based hedge fund Lone Pine Capital has hit a $56 million jackpot in profits on Afterpay.  This firm made returns of over 200 percent on a $27 million investment in Afterpay shares.  Its total proceeds exceeded $80 million in just a few months.  Its investments were scattered across four…

Private Equity: Blackstone to Acquire Prestige Group Assets

August 11, 2020

$1.7bn Deal is Largest for India Real Estate Sector.  Private equity giant Blackstone group is planning to acquire Prestige Group’s rental income assets for over $1.7 billion, or Rs 12,745 crore.  This buyout will be the largest for the real estate sector in India.  This transaction will prove to be useful to Prestige Group as…

AUM of ESG-Focussed Funds Exceeds $1T

August 11, 2020

A rush of inflows of $71.1 billion into ESG and sustainable funds globally between April and June this year pushed the AUM of such funds to a record $1 trillion, according to Morningstar. Investors have been drawn to such funds after the coronavirus outbreak.

Real Estate: Foreign Buying of U.S. Properties Has Glim 2020 Outlook

August 11, 2020

COVID-19 is sparking a critical decline of overseas buyer interest.  Foreign buyers have historically been a large part of the United States real estate market.  Lately, however, the size and scope of foreign buyers has been declining.  Even worse, the Coronavirus pandemic could exacerbate this trend as international buyers step away from the market.   In…

Blackstone Acquires Largest Consumer DNA Database

August 7, 2020

Private Equity Meets Both Privacy Concerns and Major Growth in Next-Generation Industry.  The PE space is buzzing over private equity giant Blackstone’s acquisition of DNA testing company Ancestry.  The firm now holds a majority of the company following a $4.7 billion dollar buyout.  This is a unique acquisition due to the nature of Ancestry.  People…

Private Equity: Ares Raises $5 Billion En Route To $30 Billion 2020 Haul

August 7, 2020

Ares Leapfrogs Competitors Through Pandemic.  Investment firm giant Ares has raised $5 billion for its private equity fund in the second quarter.  The firm’s goal is to raise up to $30 billion across all practices, including real-estate and credit.  So far in the quarter, Ares raised $400 million for its real-estate fund and $3.9 billion…

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: HOMZ ETF Issuer To Ring NYSE Closing Bell To Mark Fee Cut

August 6, 2020

The Hoya Capital Housing ETF (NYSE: HOMZ) announced Wednesday a cut in its expense ratio from 0.45% to 0.30%, effective from August 1, 2020. It claimed that it has the distinction of being the lowest-cost ETF in FactSet’s Equity (U.S. Homebuilding segment).

Sender’s Hedge Fund Sees Sharp Gains Amid Unprecedented Robinhood Stock Trading

August 6, 2020

Sender Company & Partners Up 30% YTD.  Hedge fund Sender Company & Partners has seen a 30 percent net gain in 2020 following a series of bets on stocks that are popular on the Robinhood trading platform.  Hertz, Tesla and Nio were among those driving skyrocketing returns. Sender is among a group of institutional investors…

Liquid Alternatives Enable Access for Individuals to Alternative Investments

August 5, 2020

Liquid Alts Offer Endowment Style Investing to Individuals.  Liquid alternatives consist of a wide variety of investment options, strategies and portfolio options.  Alternative investment prevalence has been growing in recent years among both everyday investors and large financial institutions.  This growth in popularity has largely benefitted individual investors in mulitple respects.  Alternative investments have historically…

Private Equity: Vitruvian Partners Pulls In $4.7 Billion

August 5, 2020

Capital Raise Brings Firm Assets to Nearly $12 Billion.  Vitruvian Partners, a UK-based private equity fund, has closed its fourth buyout fund after raking in $4.7 billion.  Vitruvian Partners launched its fund three months ago.  Its cap raise was approximately 40 percent greater than that for its previous fund, which closed at $2.8 billion.   The…

Alternative Investments/Venture Capital: Now, An ETF To Capture Private Exits Via SPACs

August 5, 2020

Bill Ackman’s (pictured above) Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd, raised $4 billion in its IPO last month – the largest ever for a SPAC.
With the ongoing boom in IPOs of SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), could an ETF be far behind?

Alternative Investments/ESG: DWS Launches Xtrackers II ESG EUR Corporate Bond Short Duration UCITS ETF

August 4, 2020

DWS addressed the rising demand for corporate debt laced with sustainable and socially conscious strategies with a new ESG-focused short-duration corporate bonds ETF.
The Euro-denominated Xtrackers II ESG EUR Corporate Bond Short Duration Ucits ETF tracks the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Corporate Sustainable & SRI 0-5 Year index.