Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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May 26 2011 | 10:49am ET
Lots of hedge funds are high on gold, and many others can't get enough silver. But only one, as far as we know, has chosen a girl's best friend as its chief inflation hedge.
Covenant Financial Services said this week that it has poured some of its $275 million in assets into building a portfolio of "large, rare and highly-sought-after" diamonds. The Oklahoma City-based firm has been buying the precious stones since November instead of gold or oil.
"One of the trends we are seeing now is an enormous multi-generational transfer of wealth take place from the West to the East, and moving a small portion of our capital into diamonds is one of the ways we are profiting from this," Steve Shafer, chief investment officer, said. And that transfer is taking place at just 50 cents to 60 cents on the dollar.
Covenant plans to hold the stones for between one and three years.
Diamonds and other gems currently make up less than 5% of Covenant's assets.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitich, CIO of Petty Endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.