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With investors facing increasingly poor returns from traditional investments, the case for putting your money in alternative investments such as wine, classic cars, stamps and whisky is getting stronger, says Adam Benskin, executive director at international IFA firm Strabens Hall.
Morgan Stanley Investment Management has added the Global Balanced and Global Balanced Defensive funds to its line-up.
Schroders has launched an externally-managed Ucits fund, called the Schroder GAIA Two Sigma Diversified fund, which will combine US equity market-neutral and global macro strategies.
Known as an emerging markets specialist, Aberdeen Asset Management has been diversifying into alternatives and intends to push this asset class and multi-asset funds in Asia, said Andrew McCaffery, global head of alternatives and group head of solutions.
In the first half of 2016, investors in Europe have poured in $5.7bn (€5.1bn) into smart beta funds as market capitalisation index trackers saw outflows over the period, according to Morningstar data analysed by ETF provider WisdomTree Europe. Brexit could be one of the reasons for the switch.
Maltese-registered Investedge Ucits Sicav has launched its first sub fund, which is targeting 7-12% annual returns from trading in major foreign currency markets.
Luxembourg’s reserved alternative investment fund (Raif) has been approved by the duchy’s parliament and will come into force three days after publication in Luxembourg’s official gazette.
Financial services giant Standard Life Investments (SLI) has suspended all trading in its UK Real Estate Fund following an increase in redemption requests, triggering share sales in property and asset management companies.
In today’s era of low interest rates, stock market fluctuation, and economic uncertainty, most people are faced with either low returns or high risk on their investments. For this reason, interest in alternatives - with their ability to diversify investments, reduce risk and provide uncorrelated returns - has grown significantly in recent years, according to Ophir Gertner, founder of invest.com.
Manulife Asset Management, the investment management arm of Canada's Manulife Financial Corporation, has announced plans to expand across Europe and has boosted its operations in the UK.
European exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors caught off-guard by the volatility at the start of the year, sheltered assets in traditional safe havens such as gold, according to analysis by Morningstar.
BMO Global Asset Management has launched the BMO Global Equity Market Neutral Fund.
Vaqar Zuberi, head of research at Mirabaud Asset Management, talks about the benefits of having alternative investments in portfolios.
The head of distribution for Investors Trust Assurance (ITA), Philip Story, says life companies are in need of 21st century solutions to meet the changing demands of today's clients.
More assets will be invested in alternative investment funds than in fixed income globally by year-end if the current fund flows trend persists. Net flows into alternative funds saw double-digit growth for the second year in a row, according to a Morningstar report.
Contrarian investments have been the best performing funds since the start of the year, according to research firm FundCalibre.
Some investors replace part of their fixed income holdings with market-neutral equity. Though these funds are supposedly uncorrelated to the equity market, it's better to choose a diversified approach, argues Rui Machado, alternative investments director at IM gestao de ativos in Lisbon.
BlackRock has launched a style-factor driven multi-asset absolute return fund in a bid to provide investors with new sources of positive absolute return.
BNP Paribas Investment Partners has launched a sterling share class for its L1 Equity World Aqua Fund in response to greater demand from UK institutional and wholesale clients.
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