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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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Digital Assets: Brazilian Fintech PicPay Launches Crypto Exchange With Paxos

August 12, 2022

PicPay, the well-known Brazilian payment app, has got its shoe in the crypto door in partnership with Paxos, a leading regulated blockchain infrastructure company. Picpay is opening crypto trading services for its over 30 million customers and Paxos will manage the trading and custody of the digital assets. To be opened up gradually, the crypto service will initially cover bitcoin, ethereum and USDP, the regulated dollar-backed stablecoin from Paxos.


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Sun Life Financial Takes Big Stake in Real Estate Manager

December 18, 2019

Sun Life Financial and its alternative asset management arm just received a boost. Sun Life announced it plans to purchase an 80% stake in the infrastructure and real estate investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners.

Alternative Investments: Japanese Corporations Unlocking Value; ETFs to Buy

December 18, 2019

A Nikkei Quick survey showed that the percentage of Japanese companies that thought their shares were undervalued hit a high of 67% in 2019. This was the highest level since the introduction of Japanese reforms in 2013, according to FT. Japanese corporations shelled out a massive ¥7.2tn ($66bn) on share buybacks in 2019 between January and the end of November. Another trend is afoot and could accentuate in the near term. Japanese corporations are looking closely at their organizations and selling off subsidiaries, listed or otherwise.

Intel Scoops Up Israeli Artificial Intelligence Firm for $2 Billion

December 18, 2019

Intel Corporation has acquired Habana Labs for $2 billion.

Habana Labs is an Israel-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators for data centers. The deal will deepen Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) portfolio. It also accelerates Intel’s efforts into the fast-growing AI silicon market, which it expects to top $25 billion by 2024.

Alternative Investments: Bank of England Weighing Redemption Rejig for Open-Ended Funds

December 18, 2019

The Bank of England considers the liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds a potential “systemic risk.”
After the recent debacles in the Woodford Equity Income Fund and M&G Investments property fund, the Bank of England may change redemption rules for open-ended funds.
The Bank of England may impose delayed payouts for investors in open-ended funds that hold hard-to-liquidate assets. Alternatively, it may impose a haircut on investors demanding immediate redemptions in such funds.
The bank made these proposals in its latest Financial Stability Report.

Hong Kong Funds See $5 Billion in Outflows

December 17, 2019

Hong Kong capital flight may have hit as much as $5 billion for investment funds in 2019.

The figure comes from the Bank of England, which released its Financial Stability Report on Monday. Since April, when the Hong Kong riots began, investment funds have raised alarms about the impact on both the local economy and their ability to perform. That figure – $5 billion – represents roughly 1.25% of the region’s GDP.

Goldman Sachs Prepares to Go Big on Alternatives

December 17, 2019

A Goldman Sachs alternative capital team will launch soon, according to a memo seen by Reuters. The firm said that it will form an alternatives capital markets and strategy group under its merchant banking division.

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners Snaps Up Tallgrass Energy

December 17, 2019

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners has announced it will purchase the remaining shares of Tallgrass Energy that it doesn’t own. The latest offer of $22.45 per Class A share was a 22.7% premium to the stock’s closing price Monday.

Japanese Regional Banks: The Trade to Start 2020

December 17, 2019

Japanese regional banks are starting to look for new capital as it becomes increasingly challenging to grow in a low-interest-rate environment.

In a move similar to what we saw happen in the United States back in 2010. The regional banks tend to be located outside the major population centers and have been dealing with a demographic issue as the population ages and declines. They also face problems with the rising costs of technology and cybersecurity, like those driving U.S.-based consolidation.

Alternative Investments: Private Debt a New Safe Harbour for the Superrich

December 13, 2019

As low or negative rates bite, family offices invest more and more in private debt.
Wealthy individuals and family offices are lending money where banks fear to tread. Gone are the days when high net worth investors could rely on traditional investments to preserve the value of their nest egg for their families and descendants. Enter: private debt.

The Domino Effect From This Chinese Bond Default

December 12, 2019

Mutual funds bleed after Peking University Founder Group Co.’s bond default.
Peking University Founder Group Co.’s bonds crashed by 70% the day after the Founder Group defaulted on a 2 billion yuan ($285 million) bond.
The Founder Group is a high tech Chinese industry and investment conglomerate with interests in everything from finance, real estate, healthcare, to commodity trading and IT services. It is 70% owned by the state-owned Peking University.
The value of other Founder Group bonds also slumped as the fear spread.

Alternative Investments: Illinois TRS Allocates $665 Million to Alt Funds

December 12, 2019

Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, Springfield, committed a total of $665 million to six alternative investment funds.
The $ 52.3 billion Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS) allocated $ 665 million to alternative investment funds based on decisions taken by the investment officers of the fund.

New BDO Report Shows VC and Private Equity Preparing for Downturn

December 12, 2019

A new BDOreport U.S. Private Capital Outlook explores the preparations of venture capital and private equity firms ahead of a projected downturn. The report replaces and expands on BDO’s report, Private Equity Perspective Survey.

Alternative Investments: Japanese Economic Growth Surprises to the Upside – ETFs to Pick

December 12, 2019

Japanese economic growth during the third quarter of 2019 surpassed both preliminary and market forecasts.

Japan’s GDP growth during the third quarter of 2019 came in at an annualized 1.8%. This rate was much higher than the preliminary forecast of 0.2% annualized. It also breezed past analysts’ estimates of 0.7% growth. Moreover, it was the economy’s fourth consecutive quarter of positive growth. Should investors consider investing in Japan via Japan-focused ETFs?

Hedge Fund AQR Asset Management Report Talks “Risk On”

December 11, 2019

AQR Asset Management researchers have put out a new paper that looks at fixed income investing.

As rates have declined over the past 20 years, active fixed income managers have outperformed their benchmark index

Notz Stucki Will Purchase Alternative Investments Manager Jam Research

December 11, 2019

Notz Stucki has purchased Geneva-based alternative investment management firm JAM Research.

Alternative Investments: CPPIB Commits $600 Million to Indian Infrastructure

December 10, 2019

The CPPIB will invest up to $600 million in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India. CPPIB’s investment is complementary to its existing direct investment strategy in Indian infrastructure. It joins Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, AustralianSuper, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Temasek.

Magnetar Capital Aims to Launch $400 Million Health Fund

December 9, 2019

Magnetar Capital will launch its first healthcare hedge fund in 2020. The firm aims to close a $400 million fund by mid-2020, according to Bloomberg. The company will look to capitalize on the growth of startups and by shorting established businesses with challenges on the horizon.

Billionaire Bill Ackman

Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman Looks for 50% Returns in 2019

December 9, 2019

Billionaire Bill Ackman and his hedge fund are having a great 2019. Last month, Ackman’s hedge fund added another gross return of 3.4% — or 3.2% after fees. This gain brings Pershing Square (after fees) to a 51.3% return so far in 2019. What’s crazy about this number is that Ackman’s firm hasn’t had a year of net positive returns since 2014.

Canadian Pensions Home in on Lucrative Indian Private Debt

December 9, 2019

A lending crisis has opened up profitable opportunities to lend to Indian performing companies.
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, may deploy up to $1.5 billion in Indian private credit.

SEC Blocks NYSE Bid for Direct Listings

December 9, 2019

What are direct listings? They are not allowed by the SEC at the New York Stock Exchange. Direct listings allow firms to engage in the public equity markets without selling new shares. The process also carries fewer listing fees and restrictions.

LPL Wades Into Pricing Wars; Axes Platform Fees on ETFs for Advisors

December 6, 2019

LPL Financial launched a no-transaction-fee, ETF network where advisors can trade ETF’s for free in their advisory accounts.
LPL Financial partnered with three leading ETF providers – State Street Global Advisors, Invesco and WisdomTree to offer the zero fee service from December 6.

Rivulet Capital Opposes Thoma Bravo Purchase of Instructure

December 6, 2019

Rivulet Capital has said it will vote against Thoma Bravo’s purchase of educational software giant Instructure. The firm – which owns 5.23% of Instructure – announced its intention in a regulatory filing.

The Illinois Pension Crisis Goes from Bad to Worse

December 6, 2019

The Illinois pension crisis just got much worse. According to reports, the state’s unfunded pension liabilities jumped $3.8 billion to $137.3 billion at the end of the fiscal year 2019. The deficit comes despite the fact that the state recorded record taxpayer contributions.

Mark Wiseman Out at BlackRock

December 5, 2019

Mark Wiseman found himself in the running to replace BlackRock Chief Larry Fink. Now he finds himself out of a job. Multiple media outlets report that Wiseman allegedly violated BlackRock’s “relationships at work policy.”