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Shop Talk: Venture investing in startup companies

Venture capital is among the many types of alternatives available to investors, but what does it take to build young companies in the high-risk realm of VC investing? What must venture investors offer startup companies besides money to make them successful? Is it best for a company to be first to market, or is there a “second-mover advantage?” Carter Williams, CEO of iSelect Fund, a venture investor that funds young companies involved in technology, agriculture, health care, pharmaceuticals, genomics and…

Shop Talk: Art and collectible investing among the ultra-wealthy

The 2017 art and finance report produced by Deloitte has estimated that $1.6 trillion in art and collectible wealth is held globally by the ultra-wealthy, and that number is forecast to grow to $2.6 trillion within a decade. To walk us through the findings of the 272-page report, we are joined by Phillip Ashley Klein, the man who spearheads Deloitte’s art and finance practice in the United States. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: The future of investment product development

What is the biggest weakness in the current approach by sponsors to product development? What are the ramifications of those weaknesses? How will new regulations affect product development? With institutional players such as Blackstone, Brookfield and TH Real Estate moving into the private wealth space, how will they change product development for individual investors and family offices? Joining us to discuss those issues is Steve Kantor, CEO of S2K Financial, a New York City-based alternative investment firm. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: Ron Carson on the re-branding of his firm

The following podcast is an edited recording of a recent conversation between Real Assets Adviser editor Mike Consol and Ron Carson, founder and CEO of the Carson Group, regarding Carson Group’s recently completed Excell Conference and the recent re-branding of his firm. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: Debt investing in non-performing real estate

What are the various roles debt is playing in the current real estate market? How does an investor use debt to increase real estate values and produce income? What are the keys to successfully flipping a real estate asset? And are debt investing opportunities good during booms and busts? Andres Sandate, managing director of Cygnus Capital Real Estate Advisors, joins the program to discuss. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: What the data tells us about ultra-high-net-worth families

There are now enough ultra-high-net-worth families around the world to fill a football stadium, and the number of $30-million-plus families is expanding about 2 percent per year. Fifty percent of their portfolios, on average, are devoted to illiquid investments, and they hold five- to 10-times more cash than high-net-worth families. Bob Miller, CEO of Private Client Resources, which researches ultra-rich families, is our guest. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: A new real estate platform for accredited investors and advisers

KBS Realty Advisors, one of the industry’s largest owners of office space, has debuted an online real estate platform named KBSDirect.com for accredited investors and advisers to directly invest in the KBS Growth & Income REIT, a portfolio of institutional-grade commercial real estate properties — the first of what promises to be several real estate products added to the platform over time. Chuck Schreiber, CEO of KBS, joins us to explain the new venture. (11/2017)

Shop Talk: Opportunities in corporate housing

What constitutes or qualifies as corporate housing? What purpose does it serve? What types of investors are attracted to corporate housing investment opportunities, and how do those deals come together? And how has corporate housing performed historically in terms of occupancy, rental rate trends and yield? To discuss, Terry Strongin, a managing member of Equity 24, LLC, joins us. (10/2017)

Shop Talk: Investing in Midwestern hotel properties

What are the critical differences between the hotel markets in coastal cities vis-à-vis Midwestern cities? Do hotels in the Midwest typically serve a predominantly leisure or business audience? And how does an investor identify a good hotel property in a nation’s heartland? Our guest — Corey Maple, chairman of the Lodging Opportunity Fund, which creates investment funds that buy and sell Midwestern hotels — joins us to elaborate. (10/2017)
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