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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/ESG: VegTech Invest Launches Plant-Based Innovation & Climate ETF

January 4, 2022

VegTech Invest advisory has launched the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF (Ticker: EATV), its first financial product. The ETF offers exposure to publicly traded companies actively innovating with plants and plant-derived ingredients and producing primary products that are animal-free. These companies also have a beneficial impact on the environment and solve certain pressing global problems.

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World Federation of Exchanges Asks FCA to Reconsider Ban on Crypto-Derivatives

October 9, 2019

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) is an industry group for exchanges and central counterparties (CCPs). It has asked the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) not to impose its crypto-derivatives ban on sale to retail customers. However, it said it fully supported the regulator’s intention to protect vulnerable customers.

MUFG First in Japan to Issue Aussie Dollar-Denominated Green Bonds

October 9, 2019

MUFG’s green bonds amounting AU$500 million (US$337 million) were oversubscribed twice over. Australian institutional investors purchased most of the flotation.
MUFG issued this latest tranche of its green bonds in Australian dollars in a nod towards climate-conscious Australian investors. The AU$500 million bond offering comprised both fixed and floating rate bonds of five years maturity.

An ETF To Take Advantage Of “One Of The Largest Infrastructure Build-Outs In History”

October 8, 2019

According to Goldman Sachs, cities will be on the frontlines of climate adaptation. Urban adaptation will have to follow.
The FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NYSEArca: NFRA) is an infrastructure-focused ETF. It tracks the performance of the STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index. Investors looking for ESG-positive investments could consider infrastructure given its relevance in urban adaptation following climate change.

Brookfield Business Partners to Sell Big Stake in North American Palladium

October 8, 2019

Brookfield Business Partners announced a plan to sell its 81% interest in North American Palladium. The real state giant is selling the Canadian mining company and only global pure-play palladium producer to Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats). The deal will see Implats buy all outstanding NAP stock  from Brookfield for roughly $750 million.

Three Takeaways from the New KKR Consumer Report

October 8, 2019

The report examines consumer behavior at this point in the economic cycle KKR has posted a new report titled The New Consumer. Paula Campbell Roberts, the Director of Global Macro and Asset Allocation Team, lead the KKR research. The report examines the condition and behavior of the consumer at this stage of the economic and…

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Blackrock Hires New HR Chief (And Other People on the Move)

October 7, 2019

BlackRock hires always generate headlines. The latest high-profile news is that the world’s largest asset manager has appointed Manish Mehta to the role of global head of human resources. Reuters first reported the news after accessing a company memo. He will also join the company’s global executive committee and will report to BlackRock head Larry Fink.

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Private Equity Giant KKR Announces Special Situations Fund III

October 7, 2019

Private equity giant KKR & Co wants to raise $1.5 billion for its third special situations fund. Reuters reported the June registration of KKR Special Situations Fund III. The private equity firm said during its Q2 conference call that it planned to raise capital for a new special situations fund.

Oil Rich Norway’s Government Pension Fund Slashes Exposure to… Oil Production

October 4, 2019

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, Oslo, will cut its exposure to upstream energy production. The pension fund will cut 50 billion Norwegian kroner ($5.5 billion) in equity allocation from its investment portfolio.

TradeStation Announces TSgo and Commission-Free Trading

October 4, 2019

The online platform will charge less than TDAmeritrade on a per-contract basis for options TradeStation, the online broker-dealer, has joined in the zero-commission trading frenzy. The company will begin offering commission-free trading to customers who use its web and mobile platforms for exchange-listed stocks, options and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  It will still charge $0.50 per…

The DailyAlts PlayBook – October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks about the robot apocalypse on Wall Street, the Forbes 400, Zuckerberg’s billionaire statement, and LaVar Ball (sorry about that). The markets are in the red this morning as investors prepare for a fresh round of U.S. economic data.

Purpose Investments Goes All In on ESG Principles

October 3, 2019

Purpose Investments is the latest asset manager to integrate environmental, social and governance – ESG principles – into its strategies. The catch – they will adopt ESG into every single one of their funds. The company made the announcement on Wednesday. Its goal is to create a new ESG framework and fuse it with as many of its funds as possible by January 1, 2020.

Real Estate Economic Forecast is Rather “Meh” About Real Estate

October 2, 2019

The Real Estate Economic Forecast – authored by Urban Land institute – hit the street today.

It’s not as bad as we might have expected.

The survey offers a consensus forecast of 41 economists and analysts at 32 leading real estate organizations.

RRJ Capital: There’s Gold In Those Eastern Roads

October 2, 2019

RRJ Capital isn’t a household name to most Western investors. But the Asian private equity firm is tapping into an asset class that often goes ignored: Toll roads.

Mapletree Commercial Buys Google’s HQ in Singapore

October 2, 2019

Mapletree Commercial Trust has purchased Google’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. The acquisition is part of an S$1.55 billion ($1.14 billion) deal for four buildings in Pasir Panjang.

AssetMark Financial Holdings Buys OBS Financial

October 2, 2019

AssetMark Financial Holdings announced an agreement with Canandaigua National Corporation to buy OBS Financial. OBS is a turnkey asset management platform.

Dennis White Takes Over Massive Chicago Pension Fund (and More People on the Move)

September 30, 2019

The Chicago Municipal Employees’ Annuity & Benefit Fund has appointed Dennis White as the new executive director of the $3.8 billion fund. White will replace Jim Mohler, who recently left the fund to take over the $1.3 billion Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund.

U.N.’s Interim Report on Harnessing Digitalization in Financing of Sustainable Development Goals

September 30, 2019

On November 29, 2018, the Secretary-General constituted a 17-member task force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Citadel Launches Zurich Office (And People on the Move)

September 27, 2019

Hedge fund Citadel is launching a new office in Zurich. The new space will host its marketing-arm, Citadel Securities, according to the firm. This division is one of the world’s top shops for high-frequency trading.

GSAM European ETF Ready for Lift Off

September 26, 2019

The GSAM European ETF is a sign that Goldman Sachs expanding its role on the passive investing craze. Here’s the latest news on the ETF launch on Thursday.

Responsible Investing in Commodities is Possible: OFI Asset Management

September 20, 2019

Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives are not incompatible with commodity investing says an OFI portfolio manager. Certainly, ESG in commodities is possible through proactive asset management, according to Benjamin Louvet, commodities portfolio manager at OFI AM. How the twain shall meet One very simple method is to drop an offending sector or industry from…

US Fed Cuts Rates by 25 Bps; Trump Says Fed Has No Guts

September 18, 2019

As expected, the Fed cut interest rates to sustain the economy but was non-committal on future cuts.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell painted an optimistic picture of the US economy, citing buoyant labor markets and inflation nearing targets.
However, the 25 basis points rate cut addressed ongoing risks such as tepid global growth and trade wars.

Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan Blockchain Project

September 18, 2019

The project now serves 320 banks around the globe on cross-border payments The JPMorgan Blockchain Project just got another big player in the blockchain game. Deutsche Bank has joined JP Morgan Chase’s Interbank Information Network (IIN). This is the financial industry’s single largest blockchain initiative. The data-sharing product features the connection of 320 banks on top…

Credit Card Startup Petal Arranges $300 Million Debt Facility From Jefferies

September 18, 2019

Credit card startup Petal, which promises credit for an irresponsible world, expanded its Jefferies debt facility.
Petal had arranged a $30 million debt facility with Jefferies a year ago. The startup is now expanding the arrangement to $300 million for boosting its card program.