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Rethinking Hedge Fund Performance and Fees

Editor’s note: The hedge fund industry faces tough times. In September, Financial Poise reported that an increasing number of America’s biggest pension funds and endowments complained about fees and underperformance. Bloomberg weighed in on the same issue last week. Below, Caroline Rasmussen of the alternative investment platform iCapital Network explains why she believes investors still need […]


Private Equity What is a Sponsor, GP and LP

90-Second Lesson: What Is a Sponsor, GP and LP in Private Equity?

Private equity funds have several moving parts. This quick guide will help you learn ‘who’ does ‘what’ – including the fund sponsor, general partner (GP) and limited partner (LP).


Ranking the Top Angel and VC Fund Managers (Part 1)

This review of top 10 lists of fund managers intends to help alternative investors select the right asset class to invest in and improve the performance of their portfolios.


Ranking the Top Angel and VC Fund Managers (Part ll)

A list based on data collected from publicly available sources and direct submissions from the firms themselves. Information like this can help investors lower costs, provide transparency and empower co-investment.


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Episode 85 with Todd Ryden

We speak with Todd Ryden, CEO of FNEX, a growing online alternative investor marketplace. FNEX brings accredited investors together with curated sellers of private placement equity interests, managed futures, secondary private securities, and interests in hedge funds and private equity funds.


Is Gold the Answer to Brexit? Consider This…

The decision of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, known colloquially as Brexit, has left many scrambling to get a sense of what’s next for the global marketplace. For some, turning to gold as a reliable investment is the obvious answer. After all, it is a tangible good, which is universally recognized as a form of currency; as opposed to print money, which is more vulnerable to economic crises. However, gold is not necessarily as steady of an asset as many would believe.


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Episode 84 with Jason Stevens – Investment Executive for Sprott Global

Jason Stevens, investment executive and natural resource specialist for Sprott Global Resource Investments, discusses the potential benefits of investing in the equity of high-quality “Real Asset” agricultural, mining, or energy companies with host, Chris Cahill. That’s right, energy companies, even today: the key to garnering inflation protection plus return for such investment is the quality of the companies.


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Episode 83 with David Drake – Founder of LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft

David Drake takes a break from a world tour on behalf of Soho Loft to talk with Chris Cahill about why debt crowdfunding will gain ground in the US and elsewhere over the rest of 2016, to the extent that some platforms will switch from equity offerings to debt offerings.


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Episode 77 with Bruce Walker – Cataloger with Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Chris Cahill speaks about hoards with World Numismatist and Cataloger Bruce Walker, of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. From Lydia to the present, coins have delighted hoard-finders and collectors. Coins also constitute a tangible asset class with which one may balance the ol’ portfolio.


Crowdfunding Debt: A Study in Contrasts

Since the JOBS Act of 2012 first went into effect, senior commercial real estate debt – offered via real estate “crowdfunding” platforms – has emerged as a popular fixed-rate investment for accredited investors.
These investments offer superior returns to Treasury bonds and other traditional fixed-rate vehicles, however, you may often notice a curious omission: There is no information about the lender.


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