Focus on Alternatives

Real Assets Adviser has partnered with the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) to bring you an educational video series covering key topics in the alternative and direct investment space. 

Real Assets Adviser and ADISA are committed to educating the industry and providing exposure to experts in the alternative and direct investment space.

In Focus: Richard Kleinman on the U.S. markets

Richard Kleinman, managing director, research and strategy at LaSalle Investment Management, discusses the current state of the U.S. marketplace.

In Focus: Don Deans on conservation easement

Don Deans, managing director at Deans Consulting, discusses the benefits of investing in conservation easement.

In Focus: Michael Freedman on reality vs. myth in the life insurance secondary market

Michael Freedman, president at GWG Holdings, discusses the realities versus the myths in the life insurance secondary market.

In Focus: Danny Latham on the conditions in European infrastructure markets

Danny Latham, co-head of infrastructure investments – Europe at First State Investments, discusses European infrastructure markets.

In Focus: Ed Schwartz on the benefits of adding real assets to a portfolio

Ed Schwartz, managing director at ORG Portfolio Management, discusses what is driving the real assets trend.

In Focus: Brian Chase on the infrastructure market and the sector with the most investment opportunities

Brian Chase, principal at Campbell Lutyens & Co., discusses pricing in the infrastructure investment market.

In Focus: James Augir on real assets in a portfolio

James Augir, executive director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, on the importance of a portfolio with real assets and what investors should look for and expect in the asset class.

In Focus: Dennis Martin on real assets

Dennis Martin, head of U.S. business development at Prudential Real Estate Investors, discusses the growing interest in real assets.

In Focus: Marc Weidner on emerging managers

Marc Weidner, managing director, Franklin Real Assets Advisors, discusses how emerging managers are faring in today's competitive environment, what investors look for and what are the keys to success for these emerging managers.

In Focus: Martha Peyton on secondary markets

Martha Peyton, managing director and head of global real estate strategy and research at TIAA-CREF Asset Management, discusses opportunities, property fundamentals and transaction activity in U.S. secondary markets, especially when compared to the last year or two, which are the most attractive markets, and an outlook for these secondary markets for 2015.

In Focus: Matthew Jaffe on the real assets trends

Matthew Jaffe, director and alternative investment specialist at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, discusses how the real assets category is growing in popularity and generating higher allocations and more investment capital, as well as what the trends are and why now.

View from the top: featuring Andrew Smith

  • Andrew Smith, CEO at Aberdeen Americas, sits down with Jonathan Schein, senior vice president and managing director of business development at Institutional Real Estate, Inc., to discuss cross border flows and their impact on business, foreign investments, business operations, and future opportunities.


Glenn Mueller: Real Estate 101

Presented by Glenn Mueller, Real Estate Investment Strategist, Dividend Capital, and Professor, Burns School of Real Estate, University of Denver.

This is a six-part video series for newcomers to the real estate asset class who want to gain a thorough understanding of its role in a multi-asset portfolio, as well as property fundamentals, investing, capital markets and portfolio management.

In Focus: Vivek Wadhwa on artificial intelligence

Vivek Wadhwa, Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, touches on the future of artificial intelligence and how it will impact real estate.

In Focus: Thomas Masthay on the Texas Municipal Retirement System

Thomas Masthay, director, real assets, at the Texas Municipal Retirement System, discusses Texas Municipal’s involvement in real assets, an overview of the real estate portfolio, their recent investment volume/activity and what the investment plans/strategies are for 2016.

In Focus: Susan Ansel on the multifamily market

Susan Ansel, president and CEO at Gables Residential, discusses the trends in the multifamily sector.

In Focus: James Cowan on fundraising trends

James Cowan, head, investor solutions group, Americas at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, discusses fundraising trends, as far as capital flows, products and regions, as well as how the current trends compare to 12 to 24 months ago.

In Focus: Alison Schneider on sustainable benchmarking

Alison Schneider, director, responsible investment at Alberta Investment Management Corp., discusses the need for sustainability benchmarking across the real assets market.

In Focus: Jeff Conrad on the agriculture industry

Jeff Conrad, president and founder at AgIS Capital, gives an overview of the agriculture market.

*Correction: NCREIF Farmland Index tracks nearly 700 properties.

In Focus: Richard C. Wilson on family office

Richard C. Wilson, CEO of Family Office Club, discusses raising capital and some trends in the family office sector.