Archive for March, 2014

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 27th March 2014

    March 27th, 2014

    Dubai banker bonuses boost art investment

    The art investment sector is expected to become increasingly fuelled by money from the Middle East. The direct correlation has been proven this month, as Dubai’s recovering banks have issued a new wave of bonuses to employees, which in turn has boosted sales of art. The

    The industry’s big earners are traditionally “prolific buyers” of the asset, notes The National, reporting on the launch of the new Art Dubai show.

    “There is a direct correlation. If people are feeling the pinch, art is one of …

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 13th March 2014

    March 13th, 2014

    Precious metals enjoy “solid gains” in 2014

    Gold and silver have enjoyed “solid gains” in 2014, as concerns over the Ukraine crisis boost values. Together with an unexpected drop in exports from China, the uncertainty fuelled demand from investors for safe haven assets, which in turn drove up prices.

    Gold futures settled Tuesday at $1,346.50 a troy ounce, 12 per cent higher than one year ago and leading some to speculate a potential rise to $1,390. The last time gold closed above $1,350 before March was in October 2013.

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  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 6th March 2014

    March 6th, 2014

    FCA wins case against Capital Alternatives

    The UK High Court ruled in favour of the Financial Conduct Authority in a case against investment schemes operated by Capital Alternatives.

    The court decided that the opportunities, which ranged from rice farm harvests to carbon credits, were collective investment schemes, which were unlawfully operated by the defendants without authorisation from the FCA.

    “Collective investment schemes can be a risky investment so only authorised firms and individuals can operate or promote them. This is to …