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Kenny G Investing in Stuff is Good Entertainment- and Good Business

Best-selling smooth jazz musician Kenneth Gorelick, affectionately known by his stage name, Kenny G, doesn’t drink coffee, but he does own some. Are you buying it? Actually, you probably are. That’s because it’s not just ANY coffee business–it’s Starbucks. As an early investor in the Seattle chain, Gorelick’s stock soared after the company’s IPO — […]


Mainstream Alternative Investments

Beyond the Fringe: The Evolution of Mainstream Alternative Investments

Mainstream Alternative Investments Defy Tradition It wasn’t too long ago that investments in commodities, real estate or hedge funds were considered somewhat exotic. That may be all about to change if recent surveys prove correct. According to one paper, “Alternatives in the Mainstream,” based on a 2017 survey by InvestmentNews and developed with Blackstone, “Traditionally […]


timeshare ownership

Timeshare Ownership is the Fabulous Getaway You’ll Never Escape

Timeshares are one of those things people love to hate. Sort of like network marketing or President Trump. Lots of bad press, but enough positive aspects and flashy hype that people keep coming back wanting more. But are they really as bad as they seem? Timeshare Ownership: The Frenemy of the Real Estate World While […]


venture capital investment opportunities

Exploring Risk-Reward Tradeoffs in Venture Capital Investment Opportunities

Venture capital investment opportunities have enabled many exciting endeavors for investors. Huge winners like Facebook, Amazon and Apple are great examples. But there are also well-known disappointments. Blue Apron and Snap are two recent startups that disappointed their late-stage venture capital supporters with their IPOs. Assessing a venture’s value is difficult, but the principles are […]


investing in real estate

Survey Says: Investing in Real Estate is the Popular Choice Among Americans

The U.S. real estate market continues to improve thanks to greater confidence in the housing market, and with the upward movement comes more cash flowing for investing in real estate. There are a number of different ways to get involved in real estate investments depending on what you, the investor, are looking for. It’s a […]


Baseball Card Investments

Home Run Hobby? Baseball Card Investments May Mean Cash for Collectors

Baseball Card Investments Craze We reported in 2014 on the death of Sy Berger as a tribute to the man who was a longtime Topps executive and widely considered to be the father of the modern-day baseball card. In fact, Berger invented card that inspired what the Economist called a “classic financial mania” – baseball card […]


gold investments

Gold Investments Remain a Stable Choice Despite Economic Uncertainty

The Gold Standard Skittish Baby Boomers and their financial advisors seeking retirement investments that might act as a shock absorber to their portfolios during volatile times are increasingly turning to the age-old fallback plan: Gold investments. This enduring asset class once again appears to be a standby option for those made nervous because of heightened […]


Non-Traditional Investing Advice for Boomers

Life After Bonds: Non-Traditional Investing Advice for Boomers

Supporting Longevity in the Long Term People are living longer than ever before in history. Thanks to advancements in health care and an ever-increasing focus on wellness, many are living long enough to watch their great-grandchildren grow up. While this is great news, it means that people now need more funds than they ever anticipated […]


conservative value investors and venture capital

Laws of Attraction: Can Conservative Value Investors Love Venture Capital too?

Conservative Value Investor Takes a Risk A few years ago, my Harvard Business School classmate, Len Batterson, reached out to me to pitch his venture capital firm. I’d never before thought about investing in venture capital. But the background material he shared was intriguing. The funds he has led have had a great track record, […]


Private equity questions

5 Questions Investors Should Ask Before a Private Equity Investment

For investors with the right assets, time horizon, risk tolerance and access, private equity can add meaningful diversification and return enhancement potential to a traditional portfolio.


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