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Liquid Alternatives: RIP 60:40. Liquid Alts Solve the New Equation

Volatile equity markets and declining fixed income yields have turned the traditional 60:40 portfolio allocation between stocks and bonds on its head. According to one study, an investor would today need to allocate 83% to equity, 15% to real estate, and only 2% to bonds to earn a similar rate of return as a couple of decades ago. Unfortunately, such a high component of equity would push up the portfolio’s volatility and risk to unacceptable levels. Liquid alts can be the solution to this dilemma.

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Volatility and Returns: The New CIBC Income Pools Manage Both
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CIBC Asset Management launches a suite of three Fixed Income Pools that provide access to advanced bond strategies. The new CIBC Fixed Income Pools access leading portfolio managers from around…

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Prologis and Liberty Property Trust Announce REIT Merger
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Prologis and Liberty Property Trust announced a merger between the two firms. According to deal terms, Prologis will acquire Liberty $12.6 billion, including the assumption of debt. The board of…

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AT&T Defuses Hedge Fund Elliott Management Pressure With Three-Year Plan
October 28, 2019

Activist hedge fund Elliott Management took aim at AT&T Corporation in September. Elliott had proposed cost cuts, divestment of certain businesses, and a freeze on further acquisitions. Now, the telecom giant…

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Bitcoin Goes Vertical After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Pro-Blockchain Remarks
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Bitcoin rallied 16% after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for his country to “seize the opportunity” afforded by blockchain. Speaking at a Politburo Committee session on blockchain technology trends Thursday,…

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Third Point, the New York-based activist hedge fund run by Dan Loeb, has built up a $700 million stake in Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica. It revealed this in its third-quarter investor…

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Price Cuts the Flavour of the Season: Vanguard Europe Slashes Fees on ETFs and Index Funds
October 24, 2019

Vanguard adds fuel to the fee cut fire in financial services by slashing fees across its ETFs and index-tracking funds. The passive investing giant cut its fees down to an…

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Revolut and Mastercard To Partner On US Debit Cards
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Revolut, the digital challenger bank, and fintech unicorn have tied up with Mastercard for US debit cards. Mastercard will handle Revolut’s debit cards when they launch in the US sometime…

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Bank of America Joins the Zero-Commission Wars
October 21, 2019

Bank of America has joined the chorus of brokerages to slash commissions to zero through its Merrill Edge Self-Directed platform. The company said Monday that it will expand its zero-dollar to…

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Libra May Change to Many Country-Specific Stablecoins
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The Libra stablecoin, which is to be backed by a basket of fiat currencies, may change its model. David Marcus, Libra’s head, revealed this at a banking seminar. “We could…

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Tim Melvin: The Case for Private Equity Replication
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Private equity replication represents a unique opportunity for investors to avoid the high costs of PE investment. Forbes Magazine recently ran a story about the high barriers to entry for…

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