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U.S. Institutional Investors Say Alternative Investments Are Essential as Volatile Markets Are Here to Stay
By iStockAnalyst, Tuesday September 25, 2012
Three in four U.S. institutional investors (74%) have changed their approach to risk management over the past five years and now consider the use of alternative investments essential to diversify portfolio risk (76%), according to a new study of 151 U.S.-based institutional investors by Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), the 13th largest asset manager in the world. The research was released today by NGAM’s Durable Portfolio Construction Research Center. Continue Reading…Posted: October 3, 2012
The Huffington Post
by William Scott Page
Baby boomers may retire destitute. Last year, a fairly standard marketing project took a turn that has changed the way I view retirement and retirement planning. Though our company’s clients are retirees, we have learned that many of the financial decisions made by this group are greatly influenced by their grown children — baby boomers. Continue reading…Posted: March 28, 2012
Globe and Mail
by Dianne Maley
Feeling the squeeze from low interest rates on your fixed-income portfolio? The good news is that you have alternatives. Alternative investing is a large, deep pool with something for everyone, from the most conservative to those who just want a little spice. These investments can take the form of limited partnerships, mutual funds, closed-end funds or even mortgage pools. Continue reading…Posted: March 7, 2012
Financial Advisor Magazine
by Jeff Schlegel
A survey by Cogent Research found 78% of financial advisors use some type of alternative product, with usage highest among wirehouse advisors. In the survey conducted last year, the Cambridge, Mass.-based research firm found 84% of advisors at one of the four national wirehouses employed alternatives in client portfolios. Among other channels surveyed, 78% of independent broker-dealers and 77% of regional broker-dealers used alternatives, followed by 75% of advisors employed by banks and 69% among RIAs. Continue reading…Posted: March 2, 2012
by Joyce Hanson
Fed Policy Increases Willingness to Take on Risk. Correlation, coupled with the US bond market’s zero-yield environment, has driven advisors into riskier alternative investing. Indeed, since the Federal Reserve announced that it will keep its benchmark interest rate near zero until 2014. Continue reading…Posted: February 27, 2012
by Dan Fox
Investment is not all about the end result; the process of isolating and finalizing a new opportunity can provide great enjoyment and give you a real buzz. Alternative investments are particularly great for this, it is hugely satisfying to sniff out a profitable yet unusual area for investment and then make a return on it. Continue reading…Posted: February 22, 2012
by Anthony Johnson
A new survey showing major interest in alternative investments among pension funds demonstrates how alternatives are now competing with traditional asset classes like never before, claims AAA. The new survey by Pensions & Investments looks at the investments made by the largest 200 pension plans in the year to the end of September 2011. It was discovered that investment into alternative asset classes grew by double digits. Continue reading…Posted: February 15, 2012
by Karen DeMasters
The volatile markets remain alternative investments’ best friend, as investors increasingly look for ways to hedge their bets against gut-wrenching price swings. Seventy eight new alternative-oriented mutual funds were rolled out last year, bringing the total number of such funds to 338 as of year-end 2011. And that number is expected to keep rising, according to industry observers. Continue reading…Posted: January 31, 2012
So how and why do we need Alternative Investment strategies? Just because Harvard is using these strategies might not be good enough for us, so let’s explore further. The basic reason for using these strategies is to improve the risk/reward profile of your portfolio, in a common language what it means is that you reduce your portfolio risk a lot, while you reduce your portfolio return a little. Continue reading…Posted: January 9, 2012
by Karen DeMasters
Advisors are looking to a wide range of providers to satisfy their clients’ growing interest in alternative investments rather than sticking with big-name firms, according to a recent study by Cogent. Continue reading…Posted: December 22, 2011
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