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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/Real Estate: New Global Real Estate ETF From Cambria

September 25, 2020

Cambria Investment Management, which focuses on alternative investments using quantitative asset management techniques, has launched a new real estate fund.

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Liquid Alternatives Enable Access for Individuals to Alternative Investments

August 5, 2020

Liquid Alts Offer Endowment Style Investing to Individuals.  Liquid alternatives consist of a wide variety of investment options, strategies and portfolio options.  Alternative investment prevalence has been growing in recent years among both everyday investors and large financial institutions.  This growth in popularity has largely benefitted individual investors in mulitple respects.  Alternative investments have historically…

Private Equity: Vitruvian Partners Pulls In $4.7 Billion

August 5, 2020

Capital Raise Brings Firm Assets to Nearly $12 Billion.  Vitruvian Partners, a UK-based private equity fund, has closed its fourth buyout fund after raking in $4.7 billion.  Vitruvian Partners launched its fund three months ago.  Its cap raise was approximately 40 percent greater than that for its previous fund, which closed at $2.8 billion.   The…

Alternative Investments/Venture Capital: Now, An ETF To Capture Private Exits Via SPACs

August 5, 2020

Bill Ackman’s (pictured above) Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd, raised $4 billion in its IPO last month – the largest ever for a SPAC.
With the ongoing boom in IPOs of SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), could an ETF be far behind?

Alternative Investments/ESG: DWS Launches Xtrackers II ESG EUR Corporate Bond Short Duration UCITS ETF

August 4, 2020

DWS addressed the rising demand for corporate debt laced with sustainable and socially conscious strategies with a new ESG-focused short-duration corporate bonds ETF.
The Euro-denominated Xtrackers II ESG EUR Corporate Bond Short Duration Ucits ETF tracks the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Euro Corporate Sustainable & SRI 0-5 Year index.

Illinois Municipal Fund Earmarks $125 millions for Alternative Investments

August 4, 2020

Alternative Investments: Illinois Municipal Fund Earmarks $125 millions for Alternative Investments Oak Brook — an Illinois-based Municipal Retirement Fund — has designated $125 million for alternative investments.  The $125 million will be split — $75 million will be invested in Clearlake Flagship Plus Partners.  $25 million will be invested in EnCap Energy Transition Fund I,…

Alternative Investments Yielding Strong Diversification Outcomes

August 4, 2020

Democratizing of Alts Continues Globally.  Alternative investments increasingly are in the spotlight for market observers who see their strong outcomes in today’s volatile market environment.  These investments include, for example, managed futures, commodities, hedge funds, and private equity.  The world of alternative investments is continuing its transition from a relatively exclusive investment asset cateogry for…

Alternative Investments/ESG: KRBN, A New ETF, Could Move The Needle on Carbon Pricing

July 31, 2020

Krane Funds Advisors LLC, which is the investment manager for KFA Funds and KraneShares ETFs, announced the launch of KFA Global Carbon ETF (NYSE: KRBN). The new KRBN ETF tracks carbon credit futures contracts through the IHS Markit’s Global Carbon Index.

Real Estate: Seller’s Market Sparked by Corona-Infused Dynamics  

July 31, 2020

Sales Closing Above Asking Prices.    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate industry observers are seeing a seller’s market pervade the space. According to Zillow economist Jeff Tucker, “This spring we saw listings fall off the cliff. Everyone was hunkering down wondering what’s happening to the housing market…These buyers motivated by low…

Hedge Funds: Bitcoin In Play as Funds Dive Back In

July 31, 2020

Crypto Hedge Funds Move In On Bitcoin.  Bitcoin fell by 50 percent in cryptocurrency’s price in March, but subsequently rose back up to trade at $11,200.  Investors should caution as this trend could lead to another major slump — most notably like the 2017 80 percent Bitcoin slump.  Especially with the uncertainty of COVID-19, investors…

Alternative Investments/ESG: EFIV – A New, Inexpensive ESG ETF From State Street

July 30, 2020

State Street Global Advisors launched an ESG version of its blockbuster SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA: SPY) that has AUM of $287.61 billion. The ETF has the best of both worlds from environment-social-governance (ESG) and the S&P500 stocks universe.

Hedge Funds: Boaz Weinstein’s Saba Capital Up 90%  

July 30, 2020

Saba Projects Continuing Gains   Hedge fund industry observers are buzzing of Saba Capital Management’s purported sharp gains, in addition to the firm’s projections of seeing additional returns of this caliber in the months ahead. Boaz Weinstein, founder of Saba, shares that “Markets are at an unstable place right now. I look out at the next…

Private Equity: Covid-19 Ignites PE’s Dry Powder

July 30, 2020

Hundreds of Billions in New Capital Earmarked for Investments.  Despite many businesses closing down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private equity is taking advantage of new opportunities.  The industry is looking to rebuild the economy and adapt to the New Normal in ways that are expected to enahance gains, inclding further investments in existing portfolio…

Alternative Investments/Digital Assets: World’s First Actively Managed Bitcoin ETP Launches

July 29, 2020

FiCAS AG, a Swiss crypto-asset investment firm founded by Ali Mizani Oskui, has received the approval from the SIX Swiss Exchange and other regulatory clearances to list the Bitcoin Capital Active ETP (BTCA) on the Exchange.

Hedge Funds Meet Real Estate: A Texas Case Study

July 29, 2020

Hayman Capital in Focus.  Hedge fund investor Kyle Bass recently bought, among other real estate, the downtown Dallas Statler hotel.  He purchased a 50 percent stake in four real estate properties and a minority stake in the Statler hotel.  In addition to the Statler, he purchased a stake in the Entrada development and the Central…

Private Equity: Healthcare Firm Edifecs Lands PE Deal

July 29, 2020

Private equity firms TA Associates and Francsico Partners announced that they will complete a deal with healthcare software company Edifecs.  CEO of Edifecs Sunny Singh intends to lead the company through a transformation.  The healthcare industry is quickly changing with the help of the technology sector.  According to Singh, “Today’s healthcare industry is in a…

Alternative Investments/ESG: BlackRock Warns of Water Stress, a Climate Change Fallout

July 28, 2020

Watch for ETFs focused on ESG, climate change, and water resource stocks. Recent research from the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) warns that investors have not factored in the potential risk from a growing global “water risk,” when demand for H2O exceeds its supply. Such a situation would be a fallout from the increasing evidence of…

CrossFit Builds Muscle with Berkshire PE Investment

July 28, 2020

Eric Roza Teams with Berkshire.  Berkshire Partners announced that it will partner with Eric Roza to buy CrossFit.  CrossFit, a leading health and fitness brand, begain in a garage 20 years ago in California and now serves millions of people in their fitness endeavors.  The company has about 14,000 gyms around the world.   According to…

Private Equity in Focus: Retirement Plans Would Benefit From PE

July 28, 2020

SEC Chairman Clayton is an advocate.  Private equity may soon become a part of retirement plans in America.  Several Trump administration officials are in favor of allowing individual investors to invest in private equity through their 401(k) plans.  SEC chairman Jay Clayton is one of these advocates.  Officials contend that this move can expedite American…

Private Equity Eyes Cannabis Investments

July 24, 2020

Pandemic and Cannabis Stock Declines Create Opportunity.  As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, investors are uncertain how their portfolios will evolve as we move further into 2020.  With cannabis stocks having fallen in recent months, investors increasingly are looking to the cannabis industry as a potential source of dip-buying.  According to managing director…

Shariah Compliant UAE Equity ETF From Chimera Capital

July 24, 2020

Abu Dhabi-based Chimera launches the UAE’s first ETF tracking a Shariah-compliant index. The Chimera S&P UAE Shariah ETF is a sub-fund of the Chimera Umbrella Fund, the first SCA umbrella fund to be launched in the UAE. The ETF’s shares will trade on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange with gains reinvested into the fund while class B shares will be listed on the Dubai Financial Market with dividends distributed to investors.

Hedge Funds Bullish on Electric Vehicle Sector

July 24, 2020

EV Attracts Hedge Fund Attention.  Formidable Asset Management is among the many hedge funds keeping a close eye on the electric vehicle market.  Following its gains from a bet on Workhorse Group, the fund is looking to invest in Nano One Materials Corp.  The company cites its implementation of durable nano crystals as a transformative…

ESG Funds More Than Triple in Latest Year

July 23, 2020

ETFGI, the consulting and analytics firm that provides services around global exchange-traded products, released data on global trends for ESG in ETFs/ETPs during the first half of 2020. Inflows into these funds were US$3.49 billion during June 2020, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$32.02 billion. These were more than three times the inflow of US$9.86 billion into ESG ETFs/ETPs seen in 2019.

Liquid Alternatives Mark Gains, Delivering on Diversification Promise

July 23, 2020

Liquid alternatives are showing strong performance amid the Covid-19 environment.  According to a new report from Lyxor Asset Management, undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities investments (UCITS) employing alternative strategies are doing particularly well.  Specifically, these investments are performing as designed, with their diversification benefits affording investors and their financial advisors the lower volatility…

Private Equity: Youngkin Departs from Carlyle After 25 Years

July 23, 2020

In September, co-CEO Glenn Youngkin will step down from private equity giant The Carlyle Group.  Kewsong Lee, Youngkin’s partner and co-CEO, will take the reins as sole Carlyle CEO.   Co-founders of Carlyle, David Rubenstein and William Conway, appointed Youngkin and Lee as co-CEOs, which title Youngkin held since 2018 after being with the firm since…