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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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Alternative Investments: Tesla’s China Strategy Drawn From Ancient Chinese War Treatise, Says Paul Holland

January 8, 2020

Elon Musk’s bold bet to make electric vehicles in China out of Tesla’s Gigagactory 3 may be a classic military strategy according to venture capitalist Paul Holland. And it draws a leaf from the 2,500-year old tome, “Art of War,” written by Sun Tzu.
China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles.
Chinese companies are also the potentially largest competition for Elon Musk’s Tesla in its quest for global dominance in electric vehicles.

Mercer Outlook 2020: Europe Could Face Problems

January 7, 2020

The Mercer 2020 outlook came out in January. The firm expects growth to pick up somewhat in 2020, both in the United States and the rest of the world.

Alternative Investments: Battered Marijuana Stocks May Bottom Out in 2020

January 7, 2020

The brutal sell-off in marijuana stocks in 2019 has been likened to “2008 for the cannabis industry.” Others compared it to the blowout in tech stocks in 2000. Apart from the historical comparisons, what must be especially painful for pot stock investors in 2019 would be the solid returns given off by the rest of the stock market. However, according to hedge fund manager Will Meade, who is also a former Goldman Sachs analyst, 2020 presents a buying opportunity in a sector that is possibly bottoming out.

ESG and Sustainability: HSBC Bandwagons ESG, To Launch Eight ETFs

January 7, 2020

HSBC Gam plans to launch eight new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ETF’s in the first half of 2020. Also planned are a fixed-income ETF platform and a passive platform for precious metals later in the year. HSBC Gam will also create 15 new roles to support its new business initiatives.

Alternative Investments: The Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Drove in Bullitt Could Fetch A Record Price

January 6, 2020

Remember grim-faced, dogged Steve McQueen chasing a couple of goons up and down the streets of San Francisco in that iconic car chase in Bullitt?

The car McQueen drove in that chase, a green 1968 Ford Mustang, is up for auction at Mecum and may command a record price of as much as $4 million for Sean Kiernan, its owner.

Green Street Advisors: Data Center REITs Will See More Demand

January 6, 2020

Green Street Advisors analyst David Guarino says that data consumption trends will accelerate in the future. This provides support to his thesis that data center demand will increase. It also signals that investors will continue to pour capital into associated real estate assets like data center REITs.

Alternative Investments: More Finger-pointing in NMC Health’s Spat With Muddy Waters

January 3, 2020

In mid-December, famed activist and short-seller fund Muddy Waters threw the book at Abu-Dhabi based NMC Healthcare. NMC is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its shares plunged from 2585 pence on December 16 to 1300.50 pence on December 20, a fall of about 50%. Carson Block’s Muddy Waters said it had “serious doubts” on NMC Health’s financial statements. Further, it alleged the healthcare company had manipulated these documents.

Alternative Investments: Willow Oak and Focused Compounding Launch New Private Investment Fund

January 3, 2020

Willow Oak and Focused Compounding will launch a new private investment partnership. They have called it the Focused Compounding Fund. The fund will invest in what Portfolio Managers Geoff Gannon and Andrew Kuhn call the 1% of stocks everyone else overlooks. The PMs are seeking what they call wonderful businesses that trade at reasonable valuation multiples.

Standard Chartered Appoints Rene W. Keller As CIO (And Other People on the Move)

January 2, 2020

Standard Chartered announced Rene W. Keller will become CIO, Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking (CCIB). Based in Singapore, he will report to Dr. Michael Gorriz, Group CIO. Keller will be responsible for the business’ technology strategy, architecture and delivery value chain that will drive strategic business outcomes.

Alternative Investments: Stellar Returns from Healthcare and Biotech IPOs in 2019

January 2, 2020

Stellar Returns came from Healthcare and Biopharma IPOs in 2019. Hedge funds that invested in these companies made solid gains.

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Alternative Investments: Breaking Down the BlackRock 2020 Forecast

January 1, 2020

Alternative investment manager Blackrock (BLK) has issued the Blackrock 2020 forecast. The firm believes that growth will pick up next year with little risk of inflation. They also warn that the years of friendly central bank policies could be behind us and that inflation risks are underpriced.

Alternative Investments: Hindsight in 2020 – Killer Trades That Might Have Been

December 31, 2019

The trades we would have taken in the decade gone by – if only we’d known
Secure in our present-day knowledge and risk-free comfort, let’s indulge in some armchair trading through the 2010s.

Alternative Investments: IRS Releases Regulations for Opportunity Zones

December 31, 2019

IRS Releases Regulations for Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Department of Treasury released the final Opportunity Zone Treasury Regulations last week. According to Russell J. Stein at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, the much-anticipated regulations are extensive and provide clarity into the working of the Opportunity Zone tax rules.

Alternative Investments: Decline in IPOs Worldwide as Investors Prefer Private Markets

December 30, 2019

There is a striking decline in the number and value of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) to raise capital across the globe. Macro-economic and political factors such as trade wars, Brexit, and growth fears played a role in this trend, says the FT.
But there is also concern that increasingly, both issuers and investors may be gravitating to private markets.

Venture Capital: Who Will Dare to IPO After 2019’s List of Stumbles

December 30, 2019

2020 IPOs will generate a lot of buzz in the coming months. With the S&P 500 ripping to record highs after a more than 26% return, how will venture-backed firms take to the market?

Baidu Tops Google and Microsoft in Artificial Intelligence Competition

December 30, 2019

Baidu Artificial Intelligence has overtaken two of the world’s leaders in the industry. The Chinese tech giant topped Microsoft and Google in a recent artificial intelligence competition.

First Eagle Investment Management to Purchase THL Credit

December 27, 2019

First Eagle Investment Management with acquire THL Credit, an alternative credit manager with approximately $17 billion in assets under management. The deal will likely close in the first quarter, according to a joint press release.

Digital Assets: The YouTube-Vs.-Crypto Standoff Ends Happily Ever After

December 27, 2019

YouTube pushed crypto-channel owners into hiding. Now its admitted to an error. It will reinstate videos and resolve strikes.

Alternative Investments: America’s Student Loan Debt in 2019 Hits New Record

December 27, 2019

A college degree is no longer a tool; it’s a luxury available to the rich
About 45 million people in the US are being crushed under the weight of federal student loans. A third of this number are millennials in the age group from 25 to 35 years.
Outstanding Federal student loans are now perched at a gasp-worthy $1.5 trillion, the highest level ever. They now aggregate 8% of the US national income, according to the FT.

Alternative Investments: Now, BlackRock, Temasek in Chinese Wealth Management JV

December 26, 2019

Global asset manager BlackRock and sovereign wealth fund Temasek are making a beeline for the vast opportunities opening up in the Land of the Red Dragon. Chinese regulations now allow foreign entities to own a majority stake in a wealth management joint venture operating in China. The two behemoths will tie-up with China Construction Bank (CCB), according to Reuters.

Alberta Investment Management Joins KKR in Canadian Pipeline Deal

December 26, 2019

Alberta Investment Management is linking up with private equity giant KKR to purchase a big stake in TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The Canadian pipeline project is part of a massive, C$40 billion effort to pump natural gas across British Columbia. The project will supply LNG from Dawson Creek to the plant near Kitimat. The project will pump about 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day.

Alternative Investments: Christmas Cheer as Fund Managers Cut Fees

December 26, 2019

In the ongoing ‘race-to-zero,’ Vanguard and Dimensional both cut fees this week.
Vanguard lowered expense ratios on three international income-oriented funds and four externally managed equity funds on December 19. For good measure, on December 24, the fund house followed that up with another reduction in fees on nine stock and bond ETFs and two active funds. Dimensional, too, added to the Christmas cheer with its own fee reductions.

Alternative Investments: Chinese Corporate Defaults Touch Record in 2019

December 26, 2019

As 2019 grinds to a close, Chinese corporate defaults surged to a record RMB 130 billion ($18.6 billion).
According to FT, which cited Bloomberg data, this value eclipsed the previous record of Rmb122bn last year.
The main cause appears to be corporate distress stemming from declining economic growth in China.

Private Equity Firm Lone Star Looking to Buy Unizo Holdings?

December 24, 2019

Unizo Holdings, the Japanese hotel company, said this weekend that a new bidder has emerged with a friendly offer. U.S. investment fund Lone Star is expected to launch a tender offer this week as part of a friendly bid to acquire the chain.