What did Billion Dollar Companies Look Like at the Series A?

There is a lot of coverage of the companies that have reached valuations of over a billion dollars. Many of these companies were not always fast growing businesses. At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value consumer companies to see what they looked like around their Series […]

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Can Alternatives Provide Income in Retirement?

Equity and bonds do not offer uncorrelated returns. Thanks to the intervention of central banks – and their quantitative easing programmes – both bond markets and equity markets have risen in unison over the past five years. This behaviour defies simple market theory; when bond markets are rising it can indicate a period of economic […]

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Infrastructure as Alternative Investment

Listed investments have been tracking oil prices lately, even businesses that have nothing to do with oil prices. Have a look at US alternative energy stocks, shares in companies that compete with coal and gas, not oil. That is because the listed markets often move together, whether that makes sense or not. facebook down . […]

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Hedge fund returns poised to catch up

Hedge fund returns have paled in comparison to high-flying equities over the past few years, but growing market volatility might give alternative investment strategies an edge going forward. “Hedge funds are at a pretty good spot in the cycle,” said Dan Elsberry, senior managing director and head of alternatives at K2 Advisors, an affiliate of […]

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World Events Encourage Institutional Investors to Consider Seismic Shifts in Investments – BlackRock Study

Large institutional investors are likely to make significant shifts in asset allocation in 2015 in response to divergent market and macro-economic trends, a new BlackRock survey has found. The poll of 169 of BlackRock’s largest institutional clients representing $8 trillion in assets, found these investors are focused on growth rates in developed economies, divergent monetary […]

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Alternative investments: six of the best

There’s no denying the attractions of investing in something a bit different. While stocks and shares may be a sensible part of your portfolio, you can hardly hang them on the wall, polish them in the garage, show them off to your friends, or admire them in your wine cellar. Meanwhile, there’s the diversification that you get from investing […]

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Alternative Investments Luminaries: What is to Come in 2015

The Los Angeles alternative investments community gathered on Thursday, January 29 for several high-level discussions at the KPMG Alternative Investments Thought Leadership Exchange held at The London West Hollywood. A standing-room only crowd converged to hear industry luminaries share their respective experiences, insights and visions for 2015 and beyond. Fireside Chat with Doug Kass The […]

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Can surge in start-up funding last?

Some entrepreneurs looking for start-up funding got a wad of money near the end of last year, but there are concerns the boom may not last. Startup iFunding is a beneficiary of the surge. The website focused on real estate investing raised nearly $2 million in just a month. facebook down Sites nearby my ip […]

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Ultra high net worths seize on alternative investment protection

IT is no secret that the key conversation in Australian ultra high net worth wealth advisory at the ­moment is based around what’s known as “alternative investments”. This should not come as a ­surprise considering the particularly precarious international backdrop. Australia’s global private banks and wealth advisory firms are working closely with family offices and […]

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Alternative investments: The Power of Diverse Return Sources

After a long period of calm, global markets now face tumbling oil prices, geopolitical risks and monetary policy changes. Investors looking for new ways to diversify in this uncertain environment should take a long look at investments that don’t take their cues from stock or bond market movements. The Key: Un-Stock-Like Return Patterns Alternative investments […]

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