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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/Digital: Osprey Funds Launches Solana Fund On The OTCQB Market

June 24, 2022

Crypto asset manager Osprey Funds has launched the the Osprey Solana Trust (OSOL). The firm said earlier this month that the fund has commenced trading via the OTCQB market. OSOL is the first publicly traded fund based on the SOL token of the Solana network.

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Fed Futures, Woodford Haircuts, a Terrible HBO Spinoff Idea, Joe Biden’s Awful Voter Pitch, and the Best Acquisition Case for Apple.

January 29, 2020

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks Fed Futures, Woodford Haircuts, a Terrible HBO Spinoff Idea, Joe Biden’s Awful Voter Pitch, and the Best Acquisition Case for Apple.

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

January 28, 2020

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.

Bank Technology: The Driver of M&A Over the Next 10 Years?

January 27, 2020

Will 2020 be the year that we see the tipping point in bank technology? Attendees at the Bank Director Magazine Conference in Phoenix think so. The sentiment is that banks in 2030 will look a lot different than they do today. Bankers who fail to embrace new technology will be left behind in the modern world of banking. Technology has changed almost every industry, but for some reason, there are still some bank executives and Boardmembers who think their industry will be different. They will not be.

Bank Director Magazine Conference: Fintech, Cybersecurity and Other Worries for 2020

January 27, 2020

Tim Melvin is attending the conference in Phoenix this week. At the top of the list is competition form fintech firms and big tech companies. Millennials are more focused on technology than one-on-one discussions in a branch. They have emerged as the target market for fintech companies and big tech companies like Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL). It is a top concern that fintech will disrupt commercial banking in the same way it did to consumer banking in recent years.

Alternative Investments: Pensions Could be Holding $61 Trillion of Assets Globally By 2025

January 27, 2020

Pensions Could be Holding $61 Trillion of Assets Globally By 2025. A report from the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry said that pension funds are “facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions” due to rising life expectancies in many countries. As a result, pension funds have been forced to diversify across geographies and different asset classes in a bid to push up returns.

Melvin: Observations From the Bank Director Magazine Acquire or Be Acquired Conference

January 27, 2020

Tim Melvin is attending the Bank Director Magazine Acquire or Be Acquired Conference in Phoenix, AZ this week. Over 1,000 bankers have gathered to talk about M&A and growth strategies in the current low growth economy.

Venture Capital: SoftBank Leads a $125 Million Series in Mexican Fintech AlphaCredit

January 27, 2020

SoftBank Leads a $125 Million Series in Mexican Fintech AlphaCredit. The fintech provides loans and financial solutions to individuals and SMEs in Mexico and Colombia.
Unfazed by problems in the US and India, Softbank is not afraid to plow in big money into Latin American markets such as Mexico and Colombia, as evidenced by its investment in AlphaCredit.
The fundraising included investments from unspecified but leading international venture capital funds and existing investors.

Hedge Funds: After a Banner Year, ValueAct Rejigs For the Next Twenty

January 23, 2020

After a Banner Year, ValueAct Rejigs For the Next Twenty. Founder Jeff Ubben steps down as CEO; will remain as chairman. His position as CEO will now be filled by ValueAct’s president, Mason Morfit.

ESG: Citigroup Social Impact Fund Hits $150 Million

January 22, 2020

The details around the Citigroup social impact fund emerged this week. The bank announced it funded a $150 million social impact fund. The fund will invest in private companies that make a positive impact on society. Internally funded, the new fund will invest in companies looking to develop innovative solutions for four significant challenges the world faces today.

Artificial Intelligence: Ex-Goldman CIO Makes Leap to Healthcare

January 15, 2020

Marty Chavez walked away from Goldman Sachs in late 2019. Now, he’s sitting on the board of artificial intelligence startup Paige. The New York-based firm uses AI to detect, diagnose, and improve the treatment of cancer.

Hedge Funds: Alleged Theft of Citadel’s $100 Million Trading Strategy

January 14, 2020

Citadel Securities sues GSA for allegedly acquiring the highly confidential strategy from its employee through improper means.
Citadel’s ABC strategy, which it uses to generate “many millions of dollars each year” trading US and European stocks, is at heart of a lawsuit. The hedge fund, owned by billionaire Ken Griffin, has gone to court against London-based GSA Capital Partners and five of its senior executives.

Alternative Investments: This ETF Copycats Top Hedge Funds and Undercuts Their Fees

January 14, 2020

Launched in December, the iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF (DBEH) is an actively-managed ETF. Its objective: to match or outperform the largest Global Equity Long/Short hedge funds from the HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.) database.

Alternative Investments: A Bidding War For Voya Financial May Happen This Year

January 14, 2020

Voya Financial may become a possible takeover target in the coming months, according to the Financial Times. The report indicates that the former ING Group insurance unit and retirement plan provider has explored a possible sale. Voya reportedly spoke with AIG, Principal Financial Group, and Prudential Financial in 2019 about a deal.

Alternative Investments: Lazard Asset Management Launches High-Conviction Strategy Fund

January 14, 2020

Lazard Asset Management has made yet another splash in thematic investing. The firm has launched a new fund employing a high-conviction global equity strategy. The company announced the strategy behind the new Lazard Global Thematic Focus fund. The strategy will invest in at least 35 to 50 companies around the globe.

Hedge Fund Westbeck Capital Management: Time to Bet on Canadian Energy

January 14, 2020

Westbeck Capital Management is turning its attention to beaten-down Canadian energy companies. The energy hedge fund believes that these firms will have stronger cash flows in the year ahead compared to their U.S. shale competition. The fund also says that U.S. producers are facing stronger production drops than the Canadian firms.

Hedge Funds: Bain to Raise Up To $7 Billion For New Long-Only, Public Equities Fund

January 13, 2020

Bain to Raise Up To $7 Billion For New Long-Only, Public Equities Fund. Alternatives investments specialist Bain Capital will be less ‘alternative’ soon after its proposed fundraise. The new fund will be overseen by Josh Ross, who has been running the firm’s public equities group since 2017.

Garry Kasparov on Artificial Intelligence: It Won’t Destroy Mankind

January 13, 2020

Garry Kasparov, the great chess grandmaster, said that AI won’t destroy, let alone replace, mankind. His comments came over the weekend in an interview with Gerry Baker of Fox Business.

Venture Capital: What the IPO Market Needs Now – To Wake Up

January 13, 2020

Casper Sleep, the online mattress retailer, has filed for its initial public offering. According to an SEC filing, the company has planned an offering at $100 million. Morgan Stanley, Jeffries Financial Group, and Goldman Sachs are leading the share sale.

Alternative Investments: Sen. Ron Wyden Dismisses Ethos’ Response to .org Domain Sale

January 10, 2020

The protest over the sudden and non-transparent sale of the .org domain to an obscure private equity firm for $1.35 billion has three Democratic Senators embroiled in it. Last month, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., questioned whether nonprofit groups, free speech, and internet users would be harmed selling control of .org domains to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm.

Alternative Investments: CalPERS May Foray Into Private Debt

January 10, 2020

CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the country, may invest in private debt to boost returns. The fund may also change its investment policy on private debt on the initiative of Chief Investment Officer Ben Meng. Meng would certainly be aware that other funds are likely raking in returns as high as 10% on private debt.

Alternative Investments: Venture Capital Joins PE in Solar Development – Mercom Capital Group Report

January 10, 2020

Mercom Capital Group reported that corporate funding for solar development topped $11.7 billion in 2019. That figure represented a sharp increase of more than 20% from the previous year. The consulting firm tracked funding last year from public markets, debt financing, venture capital, and private equity. 

Artificial Intelligence: Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos… Advocates Worry

January 9, 2020

Social media firm Facebook announced that it has banned “deepfake” videos from their platform. These altered videos – typically incorporating AI – appear that people are doing or saying something that they really did not do or say.

Alternative Investments: Citigroup Will Try to Mainstream “Hedge Fund Like” Investments

January 9, 2020

Citigroup wants to bring hedge-fund-like credit investments to accredited investors. The firm is teaming up with online platform YieldStreet to bring $2 billion in assets to mass affluent investors, according to Crain’s New York Business.

JPMorgan: Beware the “Progressive Overhaul” of the Economy

January 8, 2020

JPMorgan manages $2.2 trillion for wealthy clients across the country. Its institutional alternative investment arm (JPMAAM) continues to grow and specialize for high-net-worth individuals. So, it’s always intriguing to hear what they are telling those clients about the year ahead.