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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…


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SEC Increases Teacher Investment Outreach

October 15, 2019

The SEC announced a new investment outreach effort for public school educators. The agency has launched a series of podcasts, educational tools, and more to help provide insight into retirement planning. Below is the press release from the agency’s site.

Book Review: What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

October 14, 2019

Tim Melvin Review’s Stephen A. Schwarzman’s Memoir “What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence” is a new book by Stephen A. Schwarzman of Blackstone. I read it cover to cover the weekend I got my copy. Mr. Schwarzman, along with Pete Peterson, built Blackstone into one of the largest alternative investment managers in…

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Conference Recap in New York City

October 11, 2019

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency and New York University’s Stern School of Business joined forces recently to hold their very first credit conference. The conference included keynote talks from several thought leaders. The list includes Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Darrell Duffie, President of the Boston Fed Eric Rosengren, and NYU Stern professor and bankruptcy guru Edward Altman.

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Preqin Releases ESG Indicators

October 2, 2019

Preqin ESG scoring is now an offering for companies. Preqin established a methodology and common benchmark for managers to measure performance and reach financial and ESG targets.

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Preqin Survey: Alternatives investors wary of ‘toppy’ markets

August 27, 2019

According to the Preqin Investor Update on Alternative Assets H2 2019, a rising number of investors believe that equity markets are at a top and likely to correct
Preqin, the data provider specializing in alternative assets, surveyed 177 institutional investors in July 2019 to gauge investor sentiment across various alternative asset classes.
According to the report, investment enthusiasm for alternative assets remains undiminished, with industry AUM at $9.5 trillion as at end-2018. Though investors’ outlook on the future performance of alternatives remains optimistic, this may not last.

Sandler Capital Tops Hedge Fund Returns with a Big Position in Gold

August 22, 2019

Sandler boosted its stake in the SPDR Gold Trust by about 180% to $ 38 million in Q2 in a clairvoyant play against looming volatility