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31-Jan-2015

Alternative point of view

Although the start of the new year may seem much like a continuation of the past one, those paid the big bucks to monitor the heartbeat of the market believe a new rhythm can be detected. Joseph Amato, president and CIO of Neuberger Berman, puts it this way: “In 2015, we see central banks and growth rates of the major developed economies moving in different directions. Although the long-term trend for global growth appears positive, we anticipate variable market performance as investors come to terms with new economic realities across global markets.”

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28-Jan-2015

The alternative way to diversify your portfolio

It happens in art, fashion, music, literature, so why not investment? Eventually, the “alternative” becomes mainstream. Alternative investments are those that are not the traditional building blocks of a portfolio, being shares, cash, bonds and property. As they have different returns streams from mainstream investments, such as equities and bonds, where payments in the form of coupons or dividends can generally be expected every six months, alternatives can diversify a portfolio.

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7-Jan-2015

How the gender gap in venture capital funding can be tackled in 2015

Dr Elaine Stead, investment director for Blue Sky Venture Capital, told StartupSmart she is starting to see more startups led by or including women – but would love to see more in 2015, particularly in sectors where there has historically been under representation. “For example, healthcare and biotechnology has long been an arena with a strong female representation at founder, CEO and senior management level but we are starting to see more female founders in sectors with historically lower female representation,” she says.

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7-Jan-2015

Transforming investor relations

Another business that has ramped up its use of technology to reach investors is Blue Sky Alternative Investments. In January 2014 Blue Sky launched the Blue Sky Fingerprint app, which gives investors access to live share prices and capital statements, as well as a detailed snapshot of their current portfolio and the ability to view new investment opportunities.

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26-Dec-2014

Blue Sky thinking puts Sowerby in the swim

IF all goes to plan by August next year, when Blue Sky Alternative Investments reports its annual ­results, chief executive Mark Sowerby will have climbed the metaphorical mountain. Actually, let’s say he will have swum the ­English Channel. The founder of the country’s only listed alternative investment manager is deep in training for the 21km swim from Dover to Calais in August, and plans to move to the English city for several weeks leading up to the crossing to train in the pool there.

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