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Investing in Alternative Assets With Your IRA

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With the current stock market’s volatile state of being, diversifying your portfolio with alternative investments is more important than ever. But did you know that your individual retirement account can actually own alternative assets? Let’s talk about what you can do with your own IRA for smarter investment. How It All Works Investing in alternatives – hedge funds, real estate investment trusts, private equity funds, and others – offers the potential for huge returns for people who are willing to accept the risks involved. But now consider for a moment how this could work with your retirement fund. A self-directed individual retirement account allows you to, essentially, borrow money from yourself to invest in alternative assets, like those listed previously or others. In this way, a self-directed individual retirement account allows you to hedge your risk because you have full control over how much money you are investing. Who’s Investing ... Read More »

Preqin on Global Alternative Assets and Learning Curves

Preqin on Global Alternative Assets and Learning Curves

Preqin, the multi-national data and consulting firm, in its newly released 2013 “Global Alternatives Report,” offers a good deal of news about asset allocation, especially in connection with private equity on the one hand, hedge funds on the other.  It also offers a list of questions for investors doing their due diligence – questions proposed specifically in a PE context but many of which will be appropriate in either context. The list comes courtesy of a contribution to the report from Stephen Cravers, the head of fund analytics for Cogent Partners.  The first round of questions he proposes includes these: What kinds of companies have you bought and sold, and at what multiples? What happened to the acquired companies fundamentals when you did so? [If the PE fund has strong performance numbers], are they founded upon one recent home run, or a consistent record of well-hit singles and doubles? What ... Read More »

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