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Are Data Scientists the ‘New’ Rockstars?

Mar 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, The A.I. Industry, Technology, Operations, Risk Management & Operations

Daniel Hill, a research analyst for the global equity team at William Blair, has written an insightful piece about the hot competition for data scientists underway in the alpha-seeking world today.  Hill begins with the observation that there are lots of different buzzwords, hashtag-worthy words and phrases, at use inRead More


Bayesian Probability Theory and a Hierarchical Learning Portfolio

Mar 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, The Global Economy & Currencies, Business News, Finance & Economics

Two scholars working with Bayesian probability theory recently published a fascinating discussion of market timing and portfolio efficiency. They have proposed what they call a “hierarchical ensemble learning portfolio.” Yes, that sounds rather heavy on the jargon. We’ll break it down a bit in what follows. The authors of theRead More


Algorithms Moving into the Bond Markets

Mar 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Algorithmic trading may fairly be said to have conquered the public equities world, although there are still pockets of resistance and related controversies. The robots have now turned their attention to the bond markets. Bond markets are different from stock markets in a lot of ways, and many of theseRead More


Hedge Funds: Observing the Unobserved Performance

Mar 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Two different strands of scholarly research into hedge fund performance produce markedly different conclusions. There is the returns-based approach, which finds that the average hedge fund manager does better than the market portfolio, net of fees. But there is also a holdings-based approach, which looks at the performance of theRead More


Private Equity: The Power of Buy-and-Build

Mar 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

Bain & Co., the Boston-based consultancy, has put out its annual report on the global private equity industry. This report begins with the observation that over the last five years PE returns “have slowly declined toward public market averages.” It attributes this to a convergence of factors, including high assetRead More


World Currency: Who Needs a Numeraire?

Mar 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Currencies, The A.I. Industry, Forex, The Global Economy & Currencies, Finance & Economics

One startling fact about the new book, How Global Currencies Work: Past Present and Future, is to be found in the index. One would normally expect, from a title and subtitle like that, that there would be a lot of pages enumerated at the index heading “Bretton Woods.” After all,Read More


Was 2014 a Turning Point for ESG Investing?

Mar 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy

Amundi, the French asset management firm that, less than a year ago, launched the world’s largest green bond and emerging markets-focused investment, has just posted a scholarly discussion, “How ESG Investing Has Impacted the Asset Pricing in the Equity Market.”  The paper begins by saying that academic study of ESG firmsRead More


Pension Funds Not Quite Swamped by ‘Grey Tsunami’

Mar 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Asset Allocation Models, Commodities, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A recent study of public employee retirement systems in the United States reaches conclusions, that, after a fair amount of “grey tsunami” alarmism in recent years, sound reassuring. The study, based on a recent survey of system managements conducted by the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) inRead More


Hedge Funds Stronger in January, Thanks to The Fed

Mar 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Risk-on sentiment returned in January, with good news on trade talks and with the Federal Reserve in the United States putting some distance between itself and its 2018 hard-money stance (the Fed started saying in January that it would be “patient” about selling off-balance sheet assets). Globally, hedge funds grewRead More


Defined Contribution Schemes in Britain: Encouraging a Broader Portfolio

Feb 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alternative Investment Management has published a paper on the country’s pensions. It’s focus is defined contribution schemes especially and the demographic strain they face, and the prospect of their moving more heavily into alternative assets and strategies in response. Defined benefit schemes “have some freedomRead More


Transaction Fees: Market Structure Goes to Court

Feb 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Business News, Finance & Economics

The NYSE, on Thursday, Feb. 14, Nasdaq, and Cboe Global Markets (the following day) have united to bring lawsuits against the Securities and Exchange Commission to stop its transaction fee pilot. These are the three largest US equity exchanges and their attitude toward their regulator is usually one of cooperation.Read More


Alpha: The Rise of the Middle Class in Emerging Markets

Feb 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Financial Economics Theory, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Commodities, Finance & Economics

A new paper from State Street Global Advisors takes a sociological approach to the search for alpha in emerging market nations. It contends that the “major theme for growth” in the emerging markets moving forward will be “based on the rise of the middle class and rising consumption in theseRead More


Steps to Attain Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Amber Fairbanks, a portfolio manager at Mirova, a division of Natixis, recently talked to Clarice Avery, a Natixis investment strategist on Asset TV about potential long-term investment opportunity in the ESG space. She described ESG as a way in which investors can benefit from long-term secular trends rather than tryingRead More


M&A Deal-Flow Faltering & Brexit is One Culprit

Feb 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

The latest Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor says that the current M&A upcycle, which this report describes as having begun in 2014, is about to peak. There will still be some short-term upward movement, especially given the existence of a lot of private equity fund “dry powder,” from recent successful fundraising.Read More


A Proposed Model for VIX Derivatives Pricing

Feb 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Derivatives, The A.I. Industry, Commodities, Structured Products

The VIX may be about to get some competition. VIX is the “fear gauge,” the very visible measure of expected price fluctuations in the S&P 500 index options. On the foundation of its popularity, CBOE has built a monopoly on exchange-traded volatility products. VIX derivatives have become among the mostRead More


Can LIBOR Be Replaced?

Feb 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Derivatives, The A.I. Industry, Credit Derivatives, Economics, Macroeconomics, Structured Products, Finance & Economics

Given a long wave of scandals that lasted from 2008 until 2012, most of the derivatives industry, and most of its regulators, have agreed that the London Interbank Offered rate [Libor] ought to be replaced by a more tamper-resistant mechanism. Surely there must be an index that will measure theRead More


The Survey Says… 

Feb 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Earlier this year, we surveyed the CAIA Association Membership to ascertain their views on investment-related topics as we step into 2019. We had well over 1,000 responses which, according to the statisticians, puts us in the 95% confidence interval, plus or minus 3%. The respondents’ geographic breakdown tracked the home region of our broader Member base, andRead More


Women in Alternative Investments: ‘Leveraging Diverse Perspectives’

Feb 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Venture capital, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments

“With change happening at an unprecedented pace, it is fitting that alternative investment firms are strategically focused on leveraging diverse perspectives in these disruptive times,” says KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie, “The Call to Act,” a new paper that looks at the roles of women in the alternative investmentRead More


Finance Lessons from the Aftermath of Sherman’s March

Feb 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

In the closing months of 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman and his army marched notoriously “to the sea,” from Atlanta to Savannah. In the opening weeks of 1865, Sherman followed this up with his “Carolinas campaign,” again working to destroy the productive infrastructure, in a path that took him toRead More


Smart Beta and Tail Events

Feb 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Business News, Smart Beta, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A sound “portfolio optimization strategy” is one that takes into consideration how its assets are behaving in the bad times, those that represent the left-side tail of the bell curve. This is not all that novel an idea, but Maria Kartsakli and Felix Schlumpf, Zurich Insurance Company executives, give itRead More


Who Cares What Employees Think? Hedge Funds, That’s Who

Feb 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Behavioral finance, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

The bosses of a publicly listed company had better care what their employees think about their company, because “Mr. Market” cares. That is one natural inference from a new paper by Jinfei Sheng, of the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, who looks at how the opinionsRead More


Modeling the Volatility of Crypto Exchange Rates

Jan 31st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Regulatory Environment, Emerging Alternative Investments, Digital currencies, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

GARCH (Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity) models are very useful for estimating the volatility for a lot of more traditional assets (stocks and bonds) and their indices, which is why they’ve been around since the 1980s. But when they’re used for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin they yield incorrect predictions forRead More


How Public Pension Funds are Subsidizing Infrastructure

Jan 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Frontier markets, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Public pension funds in the United States invest in infrastructure. Unfortunately, they aren’t very good at it. A recent working paper of the NBER concludes, indeed, that public pensions are so bad at such investments that they—and thus either the public or its retirees or both—are unwittingly subsidizing infrastructure projects.Read More


Assessing Risk Measurement for a Portfolio of Hedge Funds

Jan 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Operations and Risk Management, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Technology, Hedge Funds, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Risk Management & Operations

Two scholars, Shubeur Rahman and Ranjan Bhaduri, have in a new paper taken a fresh look at a long-standing dilemma in the alternative investments industry. The question is: how should investors in hedge funds (especially in a multi-asset class, multi-strategy portfolio of hedge funds) measure the market risk inherent inRead More


An Emerging Market Nation Defaults: A Case Study

Jan 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Emerging markets, Finance & Economics

A new book by Hassan Malik may serve as a caution for alternative investors operating in the emerging markets, in the form of a case study about the politics of default. Malik is an emerging markets strategist at Ned Davis Research in London. His new book, Bankers and Bolsheviks, beganRead More


Eurekahedge: The Grinch Stole December’s Returns

Jan 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, Indexes, Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down for the month of December 1.31%, and that this brought the total decline of 2018 down to 3.85%, according to the January 2019 report. Part of the reason for the bad December numbers was a broad concern about the yield-curve inversion in USRead More


Nick Pollard: The View from Mumbai

Jan 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Economics, Macroeconomics

On Jan. 11,  the CFA Society India hosted the 9th Annual India Investment Conference in Mumbai. CAIA was a platinum sponsor of this event.  The theme of this year’s IIC was “investing insights for uncertain times.” Nick Pollard, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute, kicked things off with aRead More


The Affluent Family Pro: A conversation with Stuart Lucas: wealth manager, educator, and family scion

Jan 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

By Charles Skorina Stuart Lucas has double-barreled credentials as a wealth manager. He’s a Harvard MBA who worked for years with top-shelf financial firms including Wellington Management Company and Banc One (now JP Morgan Chase), where he led their Ultra HNW unit. And, he is himself an heir to familyRead More


CORPORATE DEBT IN THE CHINESE STOCK MARKET

Jan 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Frontier markets, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Nicolas Rabener, CAIA, Factor Research Summary: China exhibits the world’s highest corporate debt as % of GDP However, Chinese stocks are not significantly more levered than U.S. stocks Asset and debt growth has stalled in 2018, likely indicating an economic slowdown INTRODUCTION The McKinsey Global Institute published an influentialRead More


Dark Pools and the Value of Information

Jan 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Operations, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Risk Management & Operations

Activist hedge funds can always be expected to trade both in lit exchanges and in dark pools, in the course of accumulating the equity stake that in turn will give them sway at an annual meeting or inside the boardroom. That is one inference from a model developed for theRead More


Do the Capital Markets Reward Low-Carbon Business Models?

Jan 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Natural Resources and Land, Emerging Alternative Investments, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Climate change, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new study by two scholars, an American and an Italian, presents evidence that financial markets are pricing the risk of reliance upon carbon, penalizing carbon-intensive assets and rewarding low-carbon assets. Irene Monasterolo and Luca de Angelis, respectively of Boston University and the University of Bologna, begin with the ParisRead More


‘Great Moderation?’ Forget about it, says new Fed working paper

Jan 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

A new working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago looks at the real risk-free interest rate over the last 30 years, where it has been trending, and why that trend hasn’t had the consequences one might intuitively have predicted. The paper, Accounting for Macro-Finance Trends, is the workRead More


Mergers, Acquisitions and Unscrambling an Omelette

Jan 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Legislation/Court rulings

Those who pursue alpha through the highways and byways of mergers are surely paying close attention to the AT&T/Time Warner litigation, which may end by considerably reducing the regulatory risk that firms making a “vertical” purchase in the digital/communications world will hereafter face. This is one of the points raisedRead More


Risks & Rewards: The Future of Finance in Blockchain

Jan 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Technology, Operations, Emerging Alternative Investments, Digital currencies, ETFs, Smart Beta, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

A new article by Dave Dowsett and Heather Wied, both of Invesco, looks at blockchains and the way this new technology, precisely as it divorces itself from its original significance as a feature of the cryptocurrencies, is ready to transform finance. Dowsett and Wied contend that blockchain “offers the possibilityRead More


Hedge Funds in Venture Capitalist Clothing

Jan 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

A new study of hedge funds that are engaged in the venture capital space, written by George O. Aragon, Emma Li, and Laura Lindsey, contends that some hedge funds quite successfully exploit their expertise in the value of the publicly owned portion of specific industries when they enter the private/ventureRead More


ETF Arbitrage and Its Consequences

Jan 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Ilias Filippou and two other scholars looks at ETF arbitrage. This is a trading strategy that plays off of discrepancies between the value of the exchange-traded funds on the one hand and the value of their underlying stocks on the other. ETF arb is not new,Read More


Top 5 Alpha Stories of 2018

Dec 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Five stories stand out as the dominant stories for and about pursuers of alpha in the year just passed. There is nothing arbitrary about the list below. We admit, though, that the order in which we present them is arbitrary: that is, it is not a ranking, and it isRead More


Leveraging and Enhancing Catastrophe Models

Dec 27th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Operations, Emerging Alternative Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

I write these words soon after reading the news from Sundra Strait, Indonesia. In recent days, the eruption and collapse of a volcano there has set off a tsunami that in turn has devastated the coastal regions of Banten and Lampung, also in Indonesia. Much time may have to passRead More


Hedge Habits to Leave Behind in 2018

Dec 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative Investments in Context

By Diane Harrison Before setting resolutions for 2019, December provides managers and investors with a good time to break bad habits endemic to the hedge fund community. There’s no shortage of subjects where these practices lurk, but here are five suggestions on habits to leave behind in 2018. ONE: DON’TRead More


Eurekahedge: A Rough Time for the European Mandate Funds

Dec 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

European hedge fund managers continue to suffer from the uncertainties of the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the EU. The latest report from Eurekahedge says that European hedge funds have posted losses in eight of the first eleven months of 2018. They haven’t been in the positive numbers since July,Read More


10 Years Later: Reflections on the Madoff Meltdown

Dec 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, Due Diligence Process, Insolvency, Regulatory Environment, Legislation/Court rulings, Alternative Investments in Context, Business News

It was just about 10 years ago (Dec. 10, 2008) that Bernie Madoff acknowledged to his sons, Mark and Andrew, that he had “absolutely nothing left” of the funds that had been entrusted to him; that the investment fund that bore his name was “just one big lie.” There isRead More


Five-year endowment performance: no bed of roses

Dec 21st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina Chief investment officers at endowments, foundations, and family offices are the top guns of the institutional investment world.  They have an infinite investment horizon, a global playing field, and can invest in anything anywhere – within the broad policy limits set by their institution. We, and manyRead More


Financialization and the Volatility of Commodity Prices

Dec 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Investing in Commodities, oil, Commodities, Energy, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

A recent article in the Journal of Risk and Financial Management  takes a fresh look at a familiar issue:  whether the development of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and related instruments tracking the commodities industry (or, in short, the financialization of commodities) has had an impact on the volatility of the pricesRead More


Where do Hedge Fund Activists Get Their Ideas?

Dec 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Huimin Chen, and Thomas Shohfi, both of the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have written a fascinating article on the relationship of sell-side analysis and hedge fund activism. Chen and Shohfi shed some light on the old question: where do hedge funds get their trading/investing ideas? They believeRead More


The Wright Stuff

Dec 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, Economics, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association One hundred and fifteen years ago today two Wrights tried to make it right when it came time to ponder the prospect of flying the friendly skies. On that day in an open field in a place called Kill Devil Hills, the first recorded airplane flight took off and safelyRead More


McKinsey on Asia’s Asset Managers

Dec 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Asset Managers, Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Economics, Allocating to A.I.

Assets under management for Asia’s managers have ballooned in the last 10 years, with an increase on average of 9% annually. Performance has been such as to encourage inflow. A recent study by McKinsey suggests that the “good times” will “keep rolling.” But it also cautions that the opportunities inRead More


FACTOR INVESTING MADE IN CHINA Harvesting Factor Returns in the Middle Kingdom

Dec 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Nicolas Rabener, CAIA, Factor Research Summary: Common equity factors generated attractive risk-adjusted returns in the Chinese stock market Factor performance in China often mirrors global factor performance Indicates common factor drivers that permeate even emerging and isolated markets INTRODUCTION Economic news like changes in GDP growth are frequently usedRead More


ISSA Reports on the Crypto-Infrastructure

Dec 12th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Currencies, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Frontier markets, Other Topics in A.I.

This has been a terrible year for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, the flagship for the asset class, peaked in the middle of December 2017 at a value of above $17,000. By the end of January this year, it was below $10,000. By September BTC had settled into a price range of $6,500.Read More


Agtech: Comfort Zones and Value Chains

Dec 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Agriculture, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Venture capital, Farmland, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

An agtech-focused venture firm has issued a report about global VC activity across agtech and its subsectors. The firm, Finistere Ventures, which describes itself as in the business of helping “ambitious founders transform food and agriculture,” collaborated with Pitchbook in preparing the review. Finistere looks specifically at: (a) macro trends,Read More


Distressed Debt: What Happens When the Tree Stops Growing?

Dec 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

Distressed debt markets have four themes emerging, according to a new paper issued by the Wells Fargo Investment Institute They are: the consequences of central bank tightenings around the globe; the elevation of debt levels, also something happening globally; the regulatory pressure over non-conforming loans (especially in Europe); and theRead More