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CRYPTOCURRENCIES – HOT BUY OR HOT AIR?

Jan 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

By Diane Harrison With traditional stock markets offering robust gains in 2017 and looking poised to continue their attractiveness in 2018, investors need strong persuasion to shift their equity allocations elsewhere. Enter the latest media darling: cryptocurrencies. The alternatives news feeds are awash in stories extolling the meteoric rise ofRead More


A Proposal for a Monthly Art Market Index

Jan 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Real Assets

It has long been understood that ownership of works of art isn’t just a collection or a hobby, or a way to brighten up the walls of one’s home. It’s a portfolio decision. But it is a portfolio decision that involves non-fungible and very infrequently traded assets.  So: how doesRead More


Benchmarking Distributed Ledger Technology

Dec 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars affiliated with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in Great Britain, have prepared a fascinating overview of the present state of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Dr. Garrick Hileman and Michel Rauchs, respectively a Research Fellow and a research assistant, have gathered data from more than 200Read More


The Transformation of the Global Reinsurance Industry

Dec 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper from Milliman, a consultant to the insurance and financial services industries, discusses the ongoing transformation in and of the global reinsurance industry that alternative investment has created. About 20 years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake, catastrophe bonds caught on as aRead More


Deloitte on Initial Coins Offerings (ICOs) as IPOs

Dec 10th, 2017 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies

An October 2017 white paper from Deloitte discusses the extent to which the offerings of tokens built upon blockchains have become the new IPOs of the crypto era. There are no binding rules about how to execute an initial coin offering (ICO). Nonetheless, there have been enough of these soRead More


Regulatory Challenges Posed by Crypto Funds

Dec 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Commodities, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

A forthcoming paper in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance looks at the cryptocurrency markets (bitcoin and its kin), the hedge funds that look to make money from them and the operational issues involved. Two independent scholars collaborated on writing the paper: Edmund Mokhtarian and Alexander Lindgren. AlthoughRead More


QUANT STRATEGIES IN THE CRYPTOCURRENCY SPACE

Nov 21st, 2017 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener, FactorResearch Factor Investing in the Wild West of Financial Markets Summary: Cryptocurrencies have reached a market capitalisation of > $150bn Backtesting quantitative strategies is difficult given a limited trading history & universe Short-term Momentum works very well, classic factor investing strategies less so INTRODUCTION The year 2017Read More


Can We All Participate in The Next Unicorn?

Aug 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry

Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 6, Issue 1 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Access to the most current issue is an exclusive benefit of CAIA Membership while archived issues are available to the public in the Perspectives section atRead More


Blockchains, Innovations, and Intermediaries

Aug 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Wulf A. Kaal, an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, looks at the proliferation of blockchain-related innovations in the world of private investment funds. In an earlier paper, Kaal discussed the impact this is having on the fee structure of that industry.Read More


Wine: French Producers, U.S. Consumers, the World’s Investors        

Jul 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Natural Resources and Land, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Real Assets

Agrifrance recently posted a report looking at the French wine industry, with an especial focus on export to the United States. The U.S. “has been the world’s leading wine market by value since 2013,” says the company head, Benoit Léchenault, in a preface to the report. France is the secondRead More


Marketplace Lending: Just Because I’m Disruptive Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Be Friends!

May 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Microfinance, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Investments

Mark Shore, chief research officer of Shore Capital Research, and an adjunct professor at DePaul University, has prepared an “overview” of marketplace lending for institutional investors and wealth managers. The practice under discussion is also known as peer-to-peer, or even in these character economizing days as P2P, lending. Shore explainsRead More


The Cryptocurrency Ecosystem: A New Benchmark Study

May 16th, 2017 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

It is clear by now to even the most hardened skeptic that cryptocurrency, the class of assets of which bitcoin is the paradigm, is much more than a passing fad. Yes, the field may once have been too closely associated with survivalists, cranks, and bit players in the story ofRead More


On the Bitcoin Blockchain: Looking Under the Hood

Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

More than a year ago, the Capco Institute Journal of Financial Transformation (Journal) ran a “critical assessment,” by Robert Sams, of bitcoin blockchains as a means of distributed clearing. With both bitcoins and blockchains newly in the news, Sams’ informed assessment is worth another look. Two years ago, Nasdaq announcedRead More


Ammar on the Implied Volatility Smile

Dec 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

In a new working paper, a scholar at the School of Finance, at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland,   Semir Ben Ammar, has analyzed the relationship between catastrophe risk and the “implied volatility smile” in stock options.  Along the way, he has proposed what may be a novel type ofRead More


For The Netherlands: Sustainable Development Proposal

Dec 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Microfinance, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., SRI and Clean Energy

Eighteen major financial institutions, including ABN AMRO and ING Groenbank, have signed onto an ambitious program for sustainable development goals’ investment (SDGI). The institutions involved proclaim that they believe it is in their best interest, “as well as that of our clients and investees, to consider the largest societal challengesRead More


ESMA’s Greybeards Ponder Blockchains

Sep 11th, 2016 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

There has been a flurry in recent days of activity about blockchains among the graybeards of the financial world, those who ponder the Really Big Picture and who have the ear of important regulators. Let us start from the beginning. What is a blockchain? It is a chronological, virtual, andRead More


Escape to the Internet? Or Build Better Communities?

May 8th, 2016 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Newly Added, Operations, Other Topics in A.I., Risk Management & Operations, Technology, The Global Economy & Currencies

Dissatisfaction with the fiat money issued by or on signals from central bankers will not go away. Talk of “printing press” money seems quaint, as when people of my generation still refer to a keyboard as a “typewriter.” Central banks and their servants (and their servers) around the world engage,Read More


Where We Stand With Blockchains: Bet on the Disruption

Mar 29th, 2016 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

Chris Skinner has a new book out, ValueWeb, which describes in the words of its lengthy subtitle “how FinTech Firms are Using Bitcoin Blockchain and Mobile Technologies to Create the Internet of Value.” It may appear to a cynic that Skinner is simply entering the already crowded sweepstakes for “whoRead More


Bitcoin’s Founder: Recent History and 2020 Vision

Dec 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Entrepreneurs, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, The Global Economy & Currencies

Two things happened almost at once recently: Wired told us who actually invented bitcoin, (well, it gave the world the latest hot theory), and officials in Australia raided that same fellow’s home in re a tax investigation. More specifically on the first of those points, Wired (and soon thereafter Gizmodo)Read More


So, what is reinsurance anyway?

Oct 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments

Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge on the basics of reinsurance as an investment strategy.Read More


Bitcoin and Kin: The View from Europe

Jul 1st, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Derivatives, Digital currencies

Bitcoin's price charts nowadays seem to have settled into an equilibrium between $240 and $220 per. But ESMA, and the authorities in Sweden, are both paying attention. Read More


The Next Big Thing: A Robotic ‘Nexus’ of Contracts

Mar 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Regulatory, Technology

In some fairly routine middle-critter corporate roles, there may no longer be much need for human managerial involvement. Enter the self-running business entity: another big step toward the obsolescence of human beings some of whom, nonetheless, will get wealthy in the process. Read More


Crowdfunding: In the Gun Sights of Patent Plaintiffs

Feb 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Intellectual Property, Legislation/Court rulings, Regulatory

The first of the three patents cited by the plaintiffs was filed at a time when the crowdfunding exemption movement was making a fair amount of noise on Capitol Hill, though it had not yet had tangible success. One might already entertain certain suspicions. Read More


The State of Alternative Currencies: Tokyo Police and Future Retailers

Jan 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies

The publisher of Laissez-Faire Books has made some news in the alternative-currency world, declaring that there is a “silver lining” to the various scams associated with such currencies, because cons tend to develop around industries with a bright future. That sounds like a bit of a stretch. Read More


Bitcoin: Three Bits of News on a Microcosm

Nov 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Technology

A bitcoin-mining fire, a survey of small and medium businesses and their levels of preparedness for bitcoin customers, and a new criminal accusation against an alleged ponzi scheme: all conribute to the sense that bitcoin is a microcosm of the whole financial world, good and bad. Read More


Microfinance and Its Critics: An Update

Oct 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Microfinance, Socially responsible investing

The convergence of a central banker and micro financiers at a recent ceremony in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea inspires a look at where the MFI industry stands, and where it is headed. Read More


Bitcoin Miners: The Hammer and the Butterfly

Oct 6th, 2014 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Forex

In the matter of a merchant selling computers that are supposed to mine bitcoin, the FTC alleges that the merchant is a sham, simply using the language of the bitcoin world to find suckers. But the agency might have gotten a bit ahead of itself here. Read More


Celent Reports on Equity Crowdfunding

Sep 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Retail Investing, Venture capital

A new report from Celent discusses the as-yet unimplemented Title III of the JOBS Act. Celent's Isabella Fonseca offers suggestions for how both wealth managers and tech providers might benefit. Read More


Could Crypto-currency Disrupt Money?

Jun 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies

If the old line from Cabaret--"money makes the world go around"--is true, what happens when crypto-currencies go around the world? Vikas Shah explores the world of e-monies.Read More