Industry Intel

Defining the Roles in the Alternative Investments Industry

In this article, we look at various players in the alternative investments industry and identify who they are and what they do. The many firms involved…

Opportunity Zones and “Market Imperfections”

When government looks for ways to foster economic development generally or investment in specific sectors or technologies…

CION Investments Unveils Rebranding, More Collaborative Platform

After more than a decade of sponsoring institutional-quality investments for retail investors, CION Investments believes that the time is right to…

Owl Rock’s Public BDC Succeeds by Giving Investors Lower Fees and Quality Credit Portfolio (Part 2 of 3)

During a time when BDCs have been on a downward trend, Owl Rock Capital Partners has …

Owl Rock Capital: A Dominant and Innovative Force in the BDC Sector (Part 1 of 3)

At a time when annual sales of nontraded BDCs have fallen from $6 billion four years ago to less than $1 billion by the end of 2017,…

Velocity Ledger to Launch Blockchain Trading Platform for Currently Nontraded Securities

In this article, we further explore the functioning and potential that the blockchain-enabled distributed ledger trading platform called Velocity Ledger (“VL”) brings to the nontraded REIT industry specifically and the broader market for alternative investments generally.

Blue Vault Discusses Velocity Ledger Blockchain-Enabled Trading Platform

Blue Vault recently discussed the coming Velocity Ledger (“VL”) blockchain-enabled trading platform for nontraded REIT shares, DSTs, limited partnership interests in joint ventures, and eventually, individual commercial real estate properties and portfolios, with two of the company’s principals, Jon Haahr of Silver Portal Capital and Julian Jacobson of Fundamental Interactions (“FI”).

A Discussion with Bluerock About Interval Funds and Total Income + Real Estate Fund

In a wide-ranging interview with Josh Hoffman, Managing Director, at Bluerock Real Estate, Blue Vault discussed the history of interval funds, the unique qualities of interval funds that have made them an increasingly important alternative investment class, and the history of Total Income + Real Estate Fund, an interval fund managed by Bluerock.

How REITs Make Money

How REITs Make Money Equity REITs can make money in two ways: collecting rent from tenants and through capital appreciation in their property values. Different REITs have different strategies for making money. You can find information about a REIT’s strategies in its prospectus. Usually, there’s a return objective to meet for investors, as well as …

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Characteristics of Nontraded REITs

Whether you’re considering investing in a nontraded REIT (or other ‘alternative’ investment) or your financial advisor has recommended one to you, there are some key things to know about what makes these REITs a little different from others.

How do nontraded REITs make money?

It’s important to note that operationally, nontraded REITs have a lot in common with publicly traded REITs.

Why Invest in a REIT?

There are a number of reasons to invest in REITs. The following are some of the main characteristics that have attracted investors to REITs through the years. Tax Treatment A REIT is a company formed to use investors’ pooled funds to invest them in properties. In the process, they can qualify for certain tax advantages in the …

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Business Development Company (BDC) History

Business Development Company (BDC) History A business development company (BDC) is an SEC-registered investment company that invests in primarily private U.S.-based businesses. This form of company was created by Congress in 1980 as amendments to the Investment Company Act of 1940. BDCs are typically taxed as regulated investment companies (RICs). Similar to REITs, BDCs are required …

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Types of REITs

REITs can vary by two main factors: 1. What they invest in, and 2. How they’re organizationally structured Let’s look at these two factors and discuss the potential advantages of each. What they invest in REITs can invest either in properties/hard assets or they can invest in lending/debt. The first kind is known as an …

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What Is a REIT?

The term REIT is short for Real Estate Investment Trust—it’s pronounced “REET.” As an investor, you may have seen REITs offered as an option within your 401(k), or sometimes, financial advisors recommend REITs to their clients. A REIT is very similar to a mutual fund. While a mutual fund may invest in a variety of …

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Austin Gross
Blue Vault Broker Dealer Educational Summit
February 23, 2019

Blue Vault has been an important partner to Geneos in providing us and our advisors pertinent information about non-traded products and the industry as a whole. The annual BD Summit is a valuable due diligence experience for any broker dealer."