Goldman Sachs is in the midst of a strategic realignment to focus more on alternative investment strategies and retail investors. The new Goldman Sachs interval funds are a prime example of this new approach, and a precursor to a massive structural change in the retail alternative investments industry. Goldman started reporting Consumer and Wealth Management […]
Alternative investments are no longer alternative- they’ve become an essential part of retirement planning. Retirees are increasingly investing in non-traded REITs, interval funds, and private placements in order to generate income and grow their assets.
The Versus Capital’s new real assets interval fund was declared effective by the SEC on August 17, 2017. Versus Capital Real Assets Fund, LLC is seeking to raise $450 million in a continuous offering. Minimum initial investment is $10 million(RIAs can aggregate accounts to get to the minimum). The fund will have one share class. and the management fee will be 1.50% of net assets.
Versus Capital is familiar with the interval fund space. It also manages Versus Capital Multi-Manager Real Estate Income Fund LLC, an investment company with $1.7 billion in assets. See Active Interval Funds for more information on this fund.
What are Interval Funds? – Wall Street Journal
Some researchers think there will be both a need and a demand for exposure to such assets in the near future. Low returns from traditional investments by historical standards will lead to a “steady stream of assets moving into alternative investments,” says a 2016 report from consulting firm McKinsey & Co. “These flows will be redirected heavily toward illiquid private markets.”
Interval funds may also provide a boost for financial advisers in a world where passive investing in funds that track market indexes is the rage.
“What retail investors now hold is largely a portfolio of passive exchange-traded funds, so the alternative-assets domain is how the adviser will add value to the client,” says Kimberly Flynn, managing director of XA Investments LLC in Chicago.
Alts offer a new course- – Financial Advisor Magazine
Also, registration is still open for the Adisa Due Diligence Forum. This event is designed for industry professionals who are employed with a Broker-Dealer, RIA, Family Office, Due Diligence Firm, or select others, that offer alternative investments in their business.
A key defining feature of an interval fund is that they are regulated under the 1940 Act. This provides critical protections for investors. DLA Piper released a handbook discussing the 1940 Act and related statues and regulations that apply to and otherwise bear on the interval fund operations. The information covers the key regulatory framework for 40 Act Funds, as well as the impact of recent regulatory changes.
According to DLA Piper:
….an interval fund can be a suitable vehicle in which to run “alternative” strategies – i.e., strategies that are designed to produce returns that are not highly correlated to the broader stock and bond markets. Interval funds also mesh well with certain noteworthy regulatory initiatives – for example, FINRA’s new customer statement rule (RN 15-02), and the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule and accompanying BIC exemption – making them attractive vehicles for use by independent broker dealers and other financial advisors that must operate within the complex regulatory environment.
Additionally, Griffin Capital, which operates the Institutional Access Credit Fund, and the Institutional Access Real Estate Fund…