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Have Venture Capital Firms Created a Unicorn Bubble?

Nov 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

A theory is making the rounds, as expressed for example in a Forbes piece last month by David Trainer, that the US economy in particular (perhaps the economy of other nation states as well) is in the throes of a “unicorn bubble,” comparable to the housing derivatives bubble of aRead More


Democratization Without Education

Nov 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Family Offices, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The American history buffs out there will know that we are just a few short weeks away from the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Back in 1773, the British government was deep in debt and decided the very best course was toRead More


More ‘Greater Fools’ After WeWork

Nov 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Private Investments

The term “greater fool theory” refers to the many circumstances in which speculators buy a (potentially) productive asset, basing their buy decision not on the asset’s operational value, but on the notion that there is a “greater fool” out there who will pay even more. The term refers, then, toRead More


The Case Against REITs

Nov 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, The A.I. Industry, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Other Issues in Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Surveys often reveal investor behaviour that is challenging to understand. For example, Preqin’s Alternative Investor Outlook for H2 2019 highlighted the following: 65% of institutional investors believe that real estate is overvalued and a correction likely to occur in 2019, 2020, or beyond.Read More


Investors Want Liquidity and They Want it Now

Nov 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Economics, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent publication from Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, while looking at the money markets in the US, emphasizes that investors are looking for liquidity. The report, written by Kerry Pope and Chris Lewis, each an institutional portfolio manager with FIAM, begins with a discussion of the Federal Reserve’s September rateRead More


A Harvard Education

Oct 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Academic Foundations, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Personalities in AI, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While Harvard the institution is legendary, much less is known about its founding other than by some who have taken those tedious Cambridge tours or the gifted alum who studied their way in through one of those 25 famous gates. Harvard College was foundedRead More


Improve Private Funds, Don’t Do Away with Them

Oct 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By John L. Bowman, CFA This editorial first appeared on Sept. 18 in Crain’s Pensions & Investments online edition. It’s open season on private equity in the Democratic presidential debates. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and others have made attacking “Wall Street” a major plank in their campaign platforms.Read More


Bitcoin Derivatives Behaving Just Like Other Underlying Assets

Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Derivatives, The A.I. Industry, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Frontier markets, Structured Products, Other Topics in A.I.

Bitcoin derivatives act a lot like the derivatives of other asset classes. Two scholars at the University of London recently looked at bitcoin’s “volatility smiles and skews” as found in the short and long dated maturity of options traded at the Deribit Exchange in 2019. Helyette Geman and Henry Price,Read More


Divestitures and Carve-outs in the Top Middle Market Deals

Oct 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Private equity middle market deal-making did well in the first half of 2019, matching the pace of 2018, which was a record-setting year, according to a new report from Pitchbook. The authors credit the usual suspects with this continued vigor: lots of dry powder; low interest rates; and continued economicRead More


Valuation: A New Approach to an Old Financial Tool

Oct 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Zane Swanson, an accounting professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, has been at work on a fascinating new approach to the valuation of firms and the valuation of their equity shares. This approach may be of great interest to risk arb hedge funds. Swanson is working with an establishedRead More


Washington, Don’t Bar the Door

Oct 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

PitchBook’s Adam Putz recently tackled the intensifying political scrutiny of Big Tech and the harm the scrutineers may do by trying to fix something that isn’t broken—the merger and acquisitions market for digital startups. The giants in the field (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and its parent, Alphabet) are associated withRead More


Climate Change and Artificial Intelligence as Investment Mega-Trends

Sep 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Alpha Strategies, Venture capital, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Frontier markets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A report from CREATE in collaboration with BNY Mellon looks at two related megatrends in investing—climate change and artificial intelligence. It asks in each case: how is this trend perceived in terms of opportunities and risks? What are the specific investment issues involved or solutions likely to be adopted? AndRead More


‘Greenwashing:’ Why the Glass is Half Full

Sep 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The term “greenwashing” is not a compliment. It isn’t supposed to be a good thing. Greenwashing means the re-spraying of old products and services so that they seem to comply with standards for socially responsible investment. Many investors want to put their money to work in ways that reflect theirRead More


Boone Pickens, A Trailblazer, Passes On

Sep 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

T. Boone Pickens died quietly at home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 11, 2019. In his long career Pickens did a good deal to give the current hedge fund industry, as well as the broader asset management industry and the energy commodities markets, their character, in a life that sometimesRead More


Can Sustainable Investing Sustain Itself in Japan?

Sep 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Advocates of sustainable investing in Japan are struggling, according to a new report co-authored by William Burchart and Jessica Ziegler of The Investment Integration Project (TIIP). Their research is based on a literature review and discussions with more than 50 industry experts. The paper was released Sept. 6 and isRead More


Back to the Near Future: 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions

Sep 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Intralinks has put out its predictions for mergers and acquisitions activity through the remainder of this year. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor tracks early-stage deal activity to predict how many deals have reached public-announcement stage six months on. The latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor also includesRead More


Corporate Restructuring: United States vs. United Kingdom

Sep 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Insolvency, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Private Investments

David Stevenson, a US District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, has presented his analysis of the  differences between the law in the United Kingdom and the United States concerning “a debtor’s ability to approve a restructuring arrangement over the objection of creditors that disapprove.” This is moreRead More


Real Estate Investing: From Farmland to Berlin

Aug 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Agriculture, The A.I. Industry, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Farmland, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

A new study from Nuveen looks at how to assess properly the value of real estate and farmland. There are four key points: That a “doubleness” of vision is necessary. You need to take a macro view of the investment world and a micro view of the farms and otherRead More


Liquidity: Running for the Exits

Aug 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

Liquidity vanishes when you need it most. That isn’t an especially original observation. It’s like saying that the exit doors are always jammed precisely when you need a quick exit quickly. Amin Rajan gives us a forceful statement of this point inspired by the “current travails at Woodford Asset Management.”Read More


Four Lessons from the Sale of Refinitiv

Aug 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Other Issues in Private Investments, Structured Products

Less than a year ago, Thomson Reuters sold a majority interest in its financial and risk product portfolio, a critical part of that corporate domain, to a consortium led by Blackstone, in a deal that valued the assets, now renamed “Refinitiv,” at $20 billion. In April of this year, thatRead More


Quantum Computing Will Mess Up all Expectations

Jul 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Technology, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations

There are reports that Google is preparing an announcement of “quantum supremacy” for later this year. If true, this is the biggest tech story since the transistor replaced vacuum tubes. It could be a disruptive development for just about every business with an IT department. Among much else, quantum supremacyRead More


Private Equity and the Law in India

Jul 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

A forthcoming article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law discusses the investor control rights typically negotiated in the private equity context in India. The article, by Arjya B. Majumdar, an associate professor at Jindal Global Law School, begins with the quantity of assets under management by theRead More


Oil & Gas: Where is the Capital Flowing?

Jul 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Commodities, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Equity Types of Private Equity, oil, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

The last two years have seen record low levels of mergers and acquisitions activity in the oil and gas sector in the United States. There are other signs of lassitude in the field: a record low volume of PE deals, (more of that in a moment), and only six initialRead More


The Dangers and Attractions of Infrastructure Investing

Jul 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

An arm of Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Infrastructure, announced that it is leading a group of investors to buy Genesee & Wyoming for a cash payment of $112 per share, a premium of nearly 40% over the pre-announcement stock price. This is a big infrastructure play. G&W is a freightRead More


Hedge Funds, Agency Capitalism, and Poison Pills

Jun 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

A new paper in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance looks at “agency capitalism” and its development in the United States during the past 15 to 20 years. The term “agency capitalism” refers in general to any system in which institutional investors dominate as shareholders of record for the votingRead More


Public to Private LBOs and Innovation

May 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Regulatory Environment, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

A new study considers the proposition that indebtedness can reduce innovation. It offers support for the view that indebtedness in a particular context reduces patent flow. But whether patent flow should be considered a good surrogate for innovation remains open to question. An argument that has long been aimed atRead More


The ‘Vortex of Volatility’ and the Merger Market  

May 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Intralinks, the provider of inter-enterprise collaboration products that is perhaps best known for its Deal Flow Predictor, recently interviewed Paul Aversano, a managing director at the consultancy Alvarez & Marsal. Aversano leads A&M’s private equity services practice, and he is the global practice leader of the transaction advisory group. HeRead More


Canada’s Venture Capitalists: A Gender Gap

May 13th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Venture capital, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Female Funders, a program within the venture capital company Highline BETA, with offices in both Canada and the United States, has produced a new Women in Venture report, which works with data gathered from more than 300 VC firms and corporate venture arms in both countries “to try to paintRead More


‘There You Go Again’

May 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association This now famous line was uttered by then citizen Ronald Reagan almost 40 years ago in a presidential debate with the incumbent Jimmy Carter. It was a simple and clever turn of a phrase acting as a counter-punch to Carter’s excoriation of Reagan’s priorRead More


State of the European Union: Alternative Lending

Apr 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

The state of alternative lending and pertinent regulation within the European Union is the topic of a new white paper co-authored by Allen & Overy, the multinational law firm, and the Alternative Credit Council (an affiliate of AIMA). The paper begins with the observation that over the last four yearsRead More


The Illiquidity Premium and the Market for Private Assets

Apr 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Finance & Economics

The illiquidity premium is one of the most frequently discussed and hotly disputed subjects in financial economics. Speaking broadly, an investment is not a checking account. One generally cannot just “get the cash back” at a moment’s notice, by visiting some equivalent of an ATM. How long will it takeRead More


Dry, Drier, Driest 

Mar 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association When it comes to dryness there are degrees of gradation, especially when it comes to the most discriminating tastes amongst us. Whether we are talking martinis, snow, or our skin, dry doesn’t always mean dry. We slake, salve, or schuss our way through, alwaysRead 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


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


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


Jeff Diehl: The View from SuperReturn Japan 2018, Part II

Dec 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Private Investments

On Dec. 6, in Tokyo, Japan, the SuperReturn Japan 2018 event concluded. CAIA was a sponsor of this event, which was billed as “the world’s gateway to Japanese private equity and venture capital.” This is the second part and conclusion of our interview with Jeff Diehl, managing director at AdamsRead More


Jeff Diehl: The View from SuperReturn Japan, Part I

Dec 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Economics, Private Investments, Frontier markets, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

On Wednesday, December 5, in Tokyo, Japan, the SuperReturn Japan 2018 event convenes. CAIA is a sponsor of this event. Jeff Diehl, managing partner at Adams Street Partners, a multi-national investment manager with more than $35 billion in assets under management, is attending. He will participate in a panel WednesdayRead More


Digitization of alternative investments: the rise of technology

Nov 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Venture capital, Technology, Operations, Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations

KPMG, the auditing giant based in the Netherlands, has put out a white paper on the “digitization mandate” in the alternative investment space.  It maintains that fund managers who “dawdle” in digitizing their business are acting foolishly, falling behind the expectations of their actual and potential investors. Consider fees. PreqinRead More


Cracking the Illiquidity Code

Sep 26th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Private Investments

By Tom Keck, Partner & Head of Research; Lisa Larsson, Vice President, Research Researchers at StepStone Group, a global private markets firm, recently released a white paper that puts the illiquidity of private equity into perspective. A fund’s life they reckon is too coarse a measure; the picture comes into focusRead More


Intralinks/Global Fund Media Survey of LPs Shows Satisfaction

Sep 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, High-net-worth investors, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Family Offices, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

Intralinks has once again collaborated with Global Fund Media in a survey of limited partners on their satisfaction with recent results and on how they see global investment opportunities near-term. As to satisfaction: 18% of LPs say that their results from alternative investments have been better than they expected. ARead More


Pitchbook 2018 Report: Where are the unicorns?

Sep 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

PitchBook has posted its 2018 VC Unicorn Report. The introduction explains the meaning of the term. (It has only been in use in its financial sense since 2013, so explanations may still be deemed necessary.) “Unicorn” refers to an entity upon which the private investment markets have bestowed a valuationRead More


HBS looks at 40 years of private equity performance

Sep 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

In a new study by Harvard Business School scholars looks into the performance of LPs invested with private equity over four decades. In the paper, Investing Outside the Box, the scholars found that it is generally better to invest inside the box. Specifically, they found that the performance of alternativeRead More


Illuminating Gender Differences in Entrepreneurship

Aug 16th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage high-tech VC firm, has posted a paper by its founder and managing partner, Cindy Padnos, on “gender differences in entrepreneurship.” The paper begins with the observation that nearly half of the Illuminate portfolio companies have a woman as a co-founder. This doesn’t mean of course thatRead More


The Problem With Unicorns

Jul 17th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

A new book by the Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, works as a compelling test case in how the hunger for the next “unicorn,” a hunger that has been a feature in alternative investing for years now, can go badlyRead More


Private Debt and Impact Investors

May 20th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new study by the Symbiotics and GIIN research teams looks at private debt impact funds (PDIFs); that is, “independent investment vehicles that allocate on average more than 85% of their portfolios to private debt” and that look to the environmental and/or social impact their allocations will have.   The goalRead More


The PE Lifecycle Can Be Audited by Blockchain

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

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


Ceres Report Evaluates Value of Early-Stage Clean Energy

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

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


Principles, ESG, and Credit Risk

Jan 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an initiative working to put into practice six principles on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of investment decisions, in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, has issued a paper on the credit ratings agencies and theirRead More


The Transformation of the Global Reinsurance Industry

Dec 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Newly Added, Currencies, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

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