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Alternative Investments


Cyber Security Stocks Can’t Hack Rally With $700 Million Cut

A five-year-old index tracking network security firms has slipped 14% in 2016, more than double the loss for the S&P 500.

How Will Regulators Respond to an Increased Use of Beta?

The bond market, which has seen a bit of a rally in the 10-year space due to demands associated with a flight to quality, will inevitably continue to see downward pressure

For Risk-Adjusted Returns, Munis Top Assets in 2015

Munis produced a 5.8% risk-adjusted return in 2014, more than double the other investments. They also outperformed in 2011 and 2012 as yields -- which move in the opposite direction as price -- fell to the lowest since the 1960s.

SEC Proposal Could Alter Funds' Muni Investing

If the SEC's newest rules are enacted, open-end mutual funds and ETFs that invest in municipal securities are likely to become more risk-averse in a variety of ways that have implications for issuers and other investors that perhaps have not been fully considered by executives.

BlackRock Tries Do-Good Investing as Millennials Build Clout

BlackRock is rolling out its first impact-labeled U.S. mutual fund. In the nascent world of impact investing -- backing profitable companies trying to produce social and environmental good -- it is a milestone.



Managed Futures Can Increase Diversification and Reduce Risk

The 2008 and 2009 global financial crisis left many investors disappointed with the high volatility and negative performance of their portfolios and leading them to re-evaluate the risk reducing ability of asset allocation.

What's the Future of Alternative Mutual Funds?

With heavyweights like Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) throwing its hat into the managed futures mutual fund ring, interest from both investors and asset management in this investment vehicle appears to be rising.

Executive Briefings

It looks like Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company will have its day in court come January 2014 to defend itself against a mutual fund lawsuit.

Commodity Pools Open for Alt Mutual Funds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has put alternative mutual funds on notice after ruling in favor of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by upholding its recent amendments to Rule 4.5 that will require mutual funds that bet on gold, oil or other commodities to register as commodity pool operators.

DC Plans 'Push and Pull' into Alternatives

Non-traditional investment allocations in defined contribution plans, while commonplace in defined benefit pension portfolios, are a rare sight in today's retirement plan lineup.