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NYHFR Survey: Quant Strategies Currently More Appealing Than Fundamental Ones

Jul 19 2017 | 11:07pm ET

 Quantitative investment strategies, fueled by big data, increasingly sophisticated algorithms and efficient technologies, are currently more appealing to alternative investors than traditional fundamental ones, according to a new survey by the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable. 

 

The Daily Alpha

Real Talk with Brian Tortorella of Smith Graham

Jul 21 2017 | 11:16am ET

This morning, we sit down with Brian Tortorella of Smith Graham to discuss the state of the alternatives industry.

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Castlelake Raises $2.4B For Fifth Fund In Four Months Of Marketing

Jul 21 2017 | 10:36pm ET

Global alternative investment manager Castlelake LP has raised $2.4 billion in capital commitments for its latest fund, closing at its hard cap and beating its $2 billion target after only four months in the market. 

Brummer & Partners To Redeem Investment In Soldo's Talarium Capital

Jul 21 2017 | 10:21pm ET

Nordic alternative investment management company Brummer & Partners is reportedly pulling out of a new global long/short equity hedge fund it backed last year as losses mount. 

Oak Hill Capital Partners Holds Final Close On $2.65B Fourth Fund

Jul 21 2017 | 9:44pm ET

Private equity company Oak Hill Capital Partners has raised $2.65 billion for its fourth buyout fund, easily surpassing both its $2.0 billion target and its $2.5 billion hard cap. 

UMASS Amherst’s CISDM Equal Weighted Hedge Fund Index Up 0.33% in June

Jul 21 2017 | 8:34pm ET

UMass Amherst’s equal-weighted CISDM hedge fund index gained 0.33% in June, according to a flash update from the school, largely confirming other hedge fund industry metrics that also show a gain for the month. 

Pershing Square Capital Management Files Paperwork For Two New Funds

Jul 21 2017 | 8:15pm ET

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management is prepping two new fund vehicles, according to regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission on Friday. 

Synechron Opens New Financial Innovation Labs In NYC, Charlotte

Jul 21 2017 | 7:52pm ET

Financial services technology specialist Synechron has announced the opening of two new state-of-the-art financial innovation labs to act as showcases where businesses can experience first-hand the latest developments in fintech. 

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In Depth

Q&A: Fund Administration Comes To The Cloud

Jul 14 2017 | 7:23pm ET

The fund administration sector has been steadily implementing new technology, such as cloud-based computing, to improve the speed, accuracy and affordability of back-office processes that have been historically cost-prohibitive for smaller managers. To get a front-line perspective on these advances, FINalternatives recently caught up with Wasseem Ghorayeb, VP of Operations at fund administration technology provider KOGER, and Kenneth Cooper, CFO of ACK Asset Management, a KOGER client.   

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Rastegar: PE Real Estate Gains Momentum as Uncertainty Rises

Jul 21 2017 | 6:04pm ET

The steady march of equity markets and fundamental shift in the direction of Fed monetary policy is encouraging many investors to explore corners of the investment universe in a search of instruments that can deliver consistent returns in all environments. One segment gaining new interest in this context is private equity real estate funds, says Rastegar Equity Partners founder Ari Rastegar in this contributed article, as income-focused, recession-resilient, and diversified commercial real estate funds can help mitigate downside risk while preserving upside potential. 

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Lifestyle

CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst exams will need to add a series of computer and data science topics to the body of knowledge they need to know in order to earn one of the industry's most selective designations.

The move comes as the fintech sector booms and quantitative investment models, algorithmic trading and alternative data sets play increasingly prominent roles in the asset management industry.     

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FINtech

Synechron: The 'Power of 3' Approach To Fintech

Mar 2 2017 | 10:08pm ET

As the fintech space expands and matures, financial services firms are increasingly turning to one-stop-shops that combine the best of start-up innovation in areas like blockchain with process, design and technology development capabilities that can all wrap together in pursuit of broad, strategic goals. The key, according to the team at New York-based Synechron, is what the company terms the "Power of 3" - being agile enough to meet the changing needs of clients, continually investing in R&D, and yet still being large enough to scale any global project.

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From The Archives

Exotic Assets: Investing In Rare Violins

Jan 17 2017 | 5:43pm ET

By definition, alternative investments include exotic assets far beyond your typical equity and debt securities, and fund managers are increasingly interested in the attractive - and largely uncorrelated - investment characteristics of such things as artwork, classic cars, and as Emily Lane of Elan Fine Instruments explains in this in-depth article, rare instruments such as violins. 

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