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.
State Street (NYSE: STT), which has $40.3 trillion in assets under custody or administration, said Thursday it is establishing a new digital finance division called State Street Digital. The new unit will focus on digital financial services for crypto, tokenization, blockchain and CBDCs.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.