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A Brief History of Asset Allocation

Oct 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Business News, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Crowdfunding, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Risk management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry

Glassbridge has put out an ambitious white paper about the “evolution of asset allocation across the investment management industry,” one that begins with the basics of the Capital Asset Pricing Model and ends with quantitative analysis and crowdsourcing. The premise is that new strategies, and new ranges of data, areRead More


Tiptoe Thru’ the Cryptos With Yale

Oct 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Fifty years ago, Tiny Tim, the ukulele-wielding father of falsetto, released his self-aggrandizing album entitled God Bless Tiny Tim. Love it or hate it, those of a certain generation will never forget Track 2 entitled “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips With Me.” In the modernRead More


Cryptocurrency Arbitrage: Two Looks

Sep 27th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies

Do investors arbitrage cryptocurrencies? Two recent studies offer a “yes” answer, though they in certain other respects differ significantly in their conclusions. Specifically, one study shows that in one respect arbitrage has done its duty and effectively eliminated the opportunities for arb profits, enforcing efficiency. In other situations, though, theRead More


The View from Las Vegas: Quiet Buying? Aggressive Buying?

Sep 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Alternative Investments in Context, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Emerging markets, Gold, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, The A.I. Industry

On Sept. 24, the 9th Annual Inside Alternatives and Asset Allocation event convenes at Wynn Las Vegas, with CAIA sponsorship. The purpose of the event: to look beyond traditional alternative investments and strategies, to take the measure of a new breed of alternatives, including impact/SRIs, cryptocurrencies, and the application ofRead More


Are ICOs Encoding Their Governance Promises?

Sep 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies

Scholars affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania recently produced a paper about digital currencies and initial coin offerings, “Coin Operated Capitalism.” The gist of the paper is that the purchase of such tokens may be riskier than investors have thus far been led to expect and may entail more risk thanRead More


Cryptocurrencies: Alpha and Malta

Aug 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies

Malta was the first jurisdiction within the EU to develop a regulatory system for collective investment schemes that invest in cryptocurrencies. A new paper offering what it calls a “top-down analysis” of hedge funds involved with cryptos details the regulatory framework now in force in Malta, highlighting the set-up andRead More


New SEC Commissioner Dissents on a Bitcoin ETF

Aug 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Crowdfunding, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Regulatory, Regulatory Environment, The A.I. Industry

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently (on July 26) disapproved of proposed rules changes that would have greenlit listing of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on the Bats BZX Exchange.  In essence, the SEC has now rejected the listing of a Bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP) on a national exchange. TheRead More


Centralized Exchanges and Cryptocurrencies

Jul 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

Cryptocurrencies are increasingly traded on centralized exchanges, such as Gemini and Coinbase. This fact itself has generated some resentment in the crypto world, because the very idea of  centralized exchange seems to violate the original anarchic animating spirit of the cryptocurrencies, even of “Satoshi” himself. Vitalik Buterin, who as the creatorRead More


Travails from the Crypt

Jul 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Newly Added, What about beta?

Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information. While that does not necessarily define cryptoassets, it does begin to underscore the challenges that need to be overcome before we can see wide institutional adoption. The issues around valuation, liquidity, regulation, and even speculation have grabbed many of the recent headlines, but it might be the more boring world of custody and safekeepingRead More


BarclayHedge Numbers Show Cryptocurrency Dive

Jul 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies

BarclayHedge says that its flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index shows a 0.05% loss in June, and a 2% loss year to date. More remarkably, the flash estimate shows a 16.23% drop in June and a 45.43% drop YTD for the CryptoCurrency Traders Index. The founder and president ofRead More


Chain Blockers

Jul 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., What about beta?

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The base case for distributed ledger technology (or DLT, and often used interchangeably with blockchain) is to create a trusted network of participants where there is just one ledger of account records shared by all and there is no central recordkeeper. Transactions are digitalRead More


The Crypto ‘Bubble’ as Seen From Boston College

Jul 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

Two scholars affiliated with Boston College, Carroll School of Management, have published a study of initial coin offerings (ICOs), that has given a mixed verdict on the common contention that cryptocurrencies in general and ICOs in particular constitute a “bubble” akin to, say, 17th century tulips or the mortgage derivativesRead More


The Efficiency of the Markets in Crypto-Currencies

Jun 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

Three scholars affiliated with Johns Hopkins have evaluated cryptocurrency investing, in a new paper available at SSRN, and have concluded that “near-term cryptocurrency markets are semi-strong form efficient.” That bit of finance theorist jargon means that all publicly available information gets discounted quickly into an asset’s price, so that neitherRead More


A Talk on the What and Whys of Cryptocurrencies

Jun 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

The Battle of the Quants came to New York City on Wednesday, June 20, and the CAIA Association was one of its media sponsors. Much of the event involved cryptocurrencies, including an exchange between John D’Agostino (the global head of investor engagement at DMS Governance) and Nouriel Roubini, Chairman ofRead More


Africa Still Rising (but Patience May Be Required)

Jun 12th, 2018 | Filed under: Emerging Alternative Investments, Emerging markets, High-net-worth investors, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., Private Equity, Private Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, in a new report, suggests that the “Africa Rising” narrative of a few years ago is behind us. Africa is seen still as having enormous potential. But the report also says, “the commodity downturn of the last several years has had a severe impactRead More


A Microfinance Fund for Central Java, Indonesia

May 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Microfinance, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

Blossom Finance, an investment consultancy that describes its business model as “commercial financing with social benefits,” announced recently open enrollment for an Islamic microfinance fund designed to bolster micro-businesses and traditional market sellers in the province of Central Java, Indonesia. This will be a crypto-currency infused fund: participants can investRead More


Distressed Digital Exchanges as Buyout Targets

May 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

Tanzeel Akhtar has written a story for BraveNewCoin in which she discusses the availability of distressed digital exchanges as a means by which large companies can cheaply gain their own toeholds in the cryptocurrency world. Surely, risk arbs in the world of alternative investment will find this paper a valuableRead More


Crowdfunding in the Absence of Liquidity Constraints

May 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Crowdfunding, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I.

A forthcoming issue of the Journal of the European Economic Association will carry a study arguing that crowdfunding in the absence of liquidity constraints is a superior method of equity financing–superior to “traditional financing forms,” that is, unless those traditional financiers are fully competitive and perfectly informed.  By one estimate,Read More


Bitcoin Futures ETFs: SEC Requests Comment

Apr 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Financial Economics Theory, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

In December last year the NYSE Arca Inc. filed a proposed rule change that would allow for the creation of Exchange Traded Funds investing in Bitcoin futures contracts, and, potentially, in other related Financial Instruments. In January 2018 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission extended its review of this proposal.Read More


The PE Lifecycle Can Be Audited by Blockchain

Mar 27th, 2018 | Filed under: Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Investments

On March 19, Northern Trust announced that it has enhanced its blockchain technology for private equity to the point where it can be employed by auditors. The audit firm can have its own blockchain node, which will enable access to real-time fund data. Pete Cherecwich, who runs Corporate & InstitutionalRead More


Eurekahedge: Greater China Mandates Pay Off for January

Feb 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Energy, Gold, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Hedge Funds, Indexes, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, oil, Other Topics in A.I., The A.I. Industry

A new Index Flash Update from Eurekahedge says that hedge funds are off to a positive start to 2018. The industry globally gained 2.26% in January. Among developed world mandates, North American hedge funds were up 1.89%, followed by those of Japan and Europe, which gained 1.28% each. Higher numbersRead More


Ceres Report Evaluates Value of Early-Stage Clean Energy

Feb 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Emerging Alternative Investments, Energy, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I., Private Equity, Private Investments, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Venture capital

A recent publication from Ceres, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting sustainability as a goal in both investing and corporate governance, looks at the value that early-stage clean energy products offer venture capitalists. The publication is the work of a team of five “lead authors and key contributors,” including threeRead More


What CTAs Think about Bitcoin Futures

Jan 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Currencies, Digital currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, Finance & Economics, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Newly Added, Other Topics in A.I., The Global Economy & Currencies

A new BarclayHedge study indicates that the majority of commodity trading advisers surveyed are unenthusiastic about the new Bitcoin futures. Specifically, asked “do you consider Bitcoin futures to be a valuable/useful addition to a diversified futures portfolio?” nearly three quarters (73%) said “no.” The sample for this survey included firmsRead More


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