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Will the DOL Decision on Private Equity Impact the Democratization of Alternative Investments?

Aug 4th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Rashad Kurbanov, CEO & Co-Founder at iownit capital and markets Alternative investments have been around for decades and have been a part of institutional investment portfolios for the majority of the time. Institutional investors have increasingly allocated their investment capital to these investments with an expectation that they willRead More


Hedge Funds and Private Equity—Building Bridges—Or Not

Jul 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Venture capital, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

Alternative investment managers were evolving in the context of changing market conditions even before the Covid-19 pandemic, although the virus has speeded up the process. What is emerging is an alternatives landscape where pure-play hedge funds will be rare. That is one of the conclusions of a new study byRead More


Politics, Religion, and…Private Equity?

Jul 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM, Associate Director of Content Development at CAIA Association Institutional investors have dramatically increased their allocations to alternative investments over the past few decades, including increased allocations to private equity. Private capital allocations remain highest in endowment portfolios, but other institutions, such as family offices andRead More


Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism, But Its Example Might

Jul 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Social investing, Newly Added, Asset allocation, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, ESG, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis GIIN’s 10th Anniversary report highlights new records, but what’s the endgame? When the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) issued its first survey a decade ago, the term “impact investing” had only been coined three years earlier. Just 24 investors responded. In GIIN’s tenth anniversaryRead More


Technology: Aiding and Abetting the Democratization of Alternative Investments

Jul 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Fintech, Venture capital, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Other Issues in Private Investments, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent working paper for the European Corporate Governance Institute maintains that technology has the potential to make hedge funds and private equity more accessible to the retail investor. The paper, by Omololu Bajulaiye of Tilburg University, along with some other scholars begins with the non-controversial proposition that venture capital,Read More


FINANCIAL RETURNS IN REWARD-BASED CROWDFUNDING

Jul 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Venture capital, Crowdfunding, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Emerging Alternative Investments, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

By Victoria Dobrynskaya, PhD, associate professor of Finance at National Research University Higher School of Economics Investments in reward-based crowdfunding campaigns give backers a variety of benefits, such as enjoyment in participating in a creation of a new product, being a part of a similar-minded community, altruistic pleasure of helpingRead More


Release the {virtuous} Kraken!

Jun 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Private Investments

By Jim Bethea, CAIA, CFA: CIO of The University of Iowa Center for Advancement and John L. Bowman, CFA: SMD of CAIA Associaton The cult-like declaration has its origin in the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake. While the cast was superb and it grossed nearly $500m worldwide, it wasRead More


A Target Date for Target Dates

Jun 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Alternative Mutual Funds, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM | Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association While every retirement plan participant has unique life and planning circumstances, they generally (and almost evenly) split into two broad categories regarding investment philosophies: the do-it-yourself crowd and the do-it-for-me crowd. The do-it-yourself crowd typically followsRead More


Stewardship: It Hertz When You Ignore It

May 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk Management & Operations

Hertz has been around for just over a century. It was started by a fellow name Jacobs in the city of Chicago with a very modest fleet consisting of about a dozen Model Ts. The ensuing years would find the growing franchise initially as a small business owned by JohnRead More


Major PE/VC Firms Back New Approaches to Quantum Computing

Apr 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

In October 2019, Google announced quantum supremacy: the creation of a special-purpose computer using quantum processors that could perform a calculation impossible for a digital computer. A computer Google named Sycamore resolved in just three minutes a computational challenge that would have required a digital computer 10,000 years. Remarkable asRead More


Puzzles or LEGOs? Building a Private Equity Allocation from Scratch

Apr 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Private Investments

Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association I live in the state of Ohio, which has effectively been on lockdown since the beginning of March. Thankfully, most of my daily activities haven’t been disrupted, save for a few. However, my wife, who is always lookingRead More


Funding a Covid ‘Long Shot’

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Venture capital, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Other Issues in Private Investments, Structured Credit Products, Private Investments, Structured Products

Every venture exists to solve a problem. Since the dawn of the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical companies and investors have been scrambling to solve what has quickly become one of the biggest problems in modern history. But as the Financial Times observed earlier this month: “For most biotechs, success will beRead More


The Future is in the Hands of Private Debt Funds

Mar 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

A new analyst report looks at what is in store for the private markets given Covid-19, an impending economic slowdown, and energy price volatility. It argues that we are entering a bear different from other bears. This bear market may be part of a transition that will increase the roleRead More


Be Direct with Me, Please!

Mar 19th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Family Offices, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CAIA, CFA, CIPM Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Original Article: “Direct Investments” by Paul Kenny, AIAR Volume 8, Issue 3 Viewpoint Author: Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 8, Issue 3 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is theRead More


Diversification Strikes Back!

Mar 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Newly Added, Asset allocation, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association, and Keith Black, PhD, CFA, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Strategy at CAIA Association “Diversification is back” – now that’s not a phrase we’ve heard in a long time…long time. Considering recent market performance, we thought thatRead More


Are there any ‘real’ ESG unicorns?

Mar 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

Unicorns (privately owned start-ups with a valuation of at least $1 billion) have long been the great sought-after beasts of the VC and PE worlds. But are they good for the planet? The unicorn boom was driven by the combination of easy credit and old-fashioned hype, combined with the wayRead More


Tech M&A Market: Demanding Sellers, Fewer Buyers

Mar 3rd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

Corum Group, a merger and acquisitions advisor, which works with privately held technology companies, has put out its annual report, which tells us a good deal about where the action is in the tech world outside of the public markets: focusing on strategic acquirers on the one hand and privateRead More


If You Don’t Want ‘Bragging Rights’ You Can Get Alpha Done

Feb 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Venture capital, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

The quarterly investor report of VCapital Management Company looks at the opportunities for attractive returns for investors regardless of the cloudy economic conditions of 2020. It argues that alpha is to be found in the Midwest, in early-stage investing, and in two industries: healthcare/biomedical and intellectual property. Though the reportRead More


Making Your Portfolio About #Goals

Feb 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Central Issue of the Paper If you’re a social media junkie, you have probably seen “#goals” in your timeline. In most cases, the hashtag is referring to an attractive couple or an aesthetically pleasing plate of food.Read More


The Perils of Late-Cycle Investing

Feb 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Credit Derivatives, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, The A.I. Industry, Structured Credit Products, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Structured Products

It is widely believed that much of the world is now experiencing the late stages of a bull market. There will be a downturn because no tree grows to the sky. Forecasting the nature and severity of the coming downturn is tricky, but perhaps that is not the right question.Read More


Lessons from CAIS 2020

Feb 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, Personalities in AI, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director at CAIA Association “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” (Mr. White to 007, Spectre) Despite the crystal blue island water, softly rolling Caribbean tide, and perfect skies outside the hotel all week, I opened my conference wrap-up panel reminding delegates forRead More


Climate: The ‘OUR’ Between Dog and Wolf

Feb 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While this week’s post may harken to a certain book written by John Coates, there is a different play on the metaphor at work here, with our wheezing planet spinning in the center. Consider the wolf: powerful, aggressive, and risk-seeking. The wolf is alsoRead More


Beyond the Meat; Beyond the Traditional

Feb 6th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, ESG, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development at CAIA Association Building the Burger I love when our industry uses analogies to describe investment concepts, so I must applaud one of the introductory pieces to JPMorgan’s 2020 Global Alternatives Outlook. In their introduction to the report, the authorsRead More


Alternative Data: A Road to Alpha

Feb 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Machine Learning, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

Investment management firms are increasingly hard-pressed to hedge away risks, increase alpha, and lower costs: a daunting agenda. One way of going about that is by knowing what is going on in the underlying markets more quickly than the competitors and counterparties do.  To that end: alternative data. Investment firms,Read More


Leery Funk’s Open Letter to Sovereign Leaders

Jan 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO In the interest of brevity, I am going to skip the salutation and get right to the heart of the matter. As my name implies, I am Leery of the lofty promises that depend on solving our long-term problems and I do remain inRead More


Fossil Fuel: Divestment By the Numbers

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Social investing, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the world’s wealthiest humans, attracted a good deal of attention last fall by saying, “Divestment, to date, probably has reduced about zero tons of emissions.” He thereby put his finger on a key fault line amongst those who regard ESG investmentRead More


An Alternative View of Manager Selection Risk

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM & Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, CAIA Association & CISDM This is a summary of the editor’s letter originally published in the Volume 8, Issue 4 of the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, a journal published by CAIA Association. The Problem with Studies Many studies onRead More


Hedge Fund Investors Respond to the Turning of the Business Cycle

Jan 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Private Investments

It is reasonable to expect that a diversified hedge fund portfolio will make more modest returns in 2020 than it did in 2019, according to Agecroft Partners, which has done its usual January crystal-ball gazing on the new year, looking for the top industry trends and how they may playRead More


Considering Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds? Caveat Emptor

Dec 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Newly Added, Qualified Opportunity Zones, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Private Investments, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

By David O’Brien, CFP, CAIA The Opportunity Zones Program, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, has great potential to create jobs and spur economic growth while creating a potentially powerful tax strategy for investors and asset managers. The Opportunity Zone Program is designed toRead More


Greenfields and Brownfields: Asian Investors Backing Infrastructure Investments

Dec 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Credit Derivatives, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Structured Credit Products, Private Investments, Real Assets, Structured Products

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has taken a 30% stake in Bayfront Infrastructure Management. Clifford Capital, with the backing of the government of Singapore, has the other 70%. They have created Bayfront (with a combined capitalization of $180 million) to mobilize  a pool of infrastructure investors in the expectation thatRead More


Investment Management: Time for New Leaders and Exiting Comfort Zones

Dec 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Disruption is the trend of the moment in many industries and the investment world is no exception. Deloitte Insights has just posted an article that takes a comprehensive look at the investment world today, traditional and alternative. Its theme is that this world is in search of new leadership andRead More


Have Venture Capital Firms Created a Unicorn Bubble?

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


Alternative Investments: Investing By Numbers

Nov 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Fintech, Technology, Equity Types of Private Equity, Technology, The A.I. Industry, Real Estate Equity Investments, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

What’s in the future for alternative investments asset management? A new publication from Ernst & Young, London, contends that allocations to alternative investments and are “robust,” but that there is an important shift underway in favor of private equity and at the expense of hedge funds. In 2018, 40% ofRead More


Democratization Without Education

Nov 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices, Private Investments, 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: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, 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: Real Estate, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Newly Added, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, 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: Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Economics, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, 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


Mergers and Acquisitions Trending Down in Europe

Nov 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

In  a new report, Pitchbook looks at the mergers and acquisitions trends in Europe. In 2019 through September, the value of European M&A is lower than it has been since 2014, and the volume is lower than it has been since 2010. Only two sectors did not see year-on-year declinesRead More


A Harvard Education

Oct 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Academic Foundations, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, What about beta?, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Personalities in AI, 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: Consultants, Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, The A.I. Industry, 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: Derivatives, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, 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: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, 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: Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Risk management, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds

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: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, 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


Spoti-sly

Sep 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, What about beta?, Business News, Private Investments

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association How do you turn a millennial into a capitalist? Sell her SNAP in the post-IPO market. A little hindsight here shows how ridiculous this all looked. The initial sellers of the shares were the founders and their VCs (just under 30% of the offering),Read More


Climate Change and Artificial Intelligence as Investment Mega-Trends

Sep 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Alpha Strategies, Venture capital, The Global Economy & Currencies, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Frontier markets, Emerging Alternative Investments, Private Investments, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, oil, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Energy, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Commodities, 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


Anatomy of an Upset

Sep 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Diane Harrison Everyone loves an underdog. While superheroes have their fans, there’s something about a dark horse or a comeback kid that generates support for a hard-won victory. Take the recent US Open tennis championship match between Serena Williams, the sports media’s proclaimed GOAT (Greatest of All Time) andRead More


Can Sustainable Investing Sustain Itself in Japan?

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