Alt Blend is where we combine less-conventional investments with forward-thinking perspectives on the world beyond stocks and bonds. Welcoming investors of any experience level, we’ll create a concoction of all-things Alts, including fundamentals of alternative investments, the role they play in the ever-changing environments we encounter, and a wide range of topics you aren’t likely to hear about in regular market news. Whether you’re a newcomer to Alts or a veteran private-market investor, there is sure to be something in store for you at the Blend.  

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Special Edition: Credit Arbitrage Analyst Field Trip

In this special audio-only edition of alt.Blend, I was joined by Jeremiah Riethmiller, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Sarian Strategic Partners (our Hightower colleagues), and …

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The Ruse: Part 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we reviewed the extreme lack of consistent outperformance among domestic equity funds. In this edition, the plan is to see if the same holds true within alternative investments or if we can uncover any segments where consistent outperformance is “a thing.”

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The Ruse: Part 1

“A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.” -Ian Fleming The above quote may not be perfect for today’s topic, but …

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Universal Financial Truth

“In a world of possibilities, imagine yourself as one.” -DNF While I’ve seen “DNF” used to identify those who did not finish a race, in …

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The Rub: Part 2

Blow-ups are one-off, unrecoverable situations that can essentially only be mitigated via portfolio construction. But we can learn valuable lessons from them, and so we forge ahead with this topic.

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The Rub: Part 1

“To sleep – perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub!” -William Shakespeare (via Hamlet) According to Grammarist, “The rub is a reference to the English …

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Portfolio Longevity Part 5: The B-squad Continued

In this fifth and final post in our miniseries on portfolio longevity, we’re continuing with our overview of the B-squad – various components that can play a role in the fixed income portfolio of the future.

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Portfolio Longevity Part 4: Introducing the B-squad

“Any team can win” -Terry Bradshaw In the previous three alt.Blend posts, we covered: Living longer coupled with a low-rate environment poses serious challenges to …

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About the Author

Steven Tresnan, CAIA®, CFP®

Private Wealth Advisor

Steve is a Certified Financial Planner as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst®. He is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, which helps him offer guidance to clients with fiduciary responsibilities, such as board members of trusts, foundations, and endowments. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.

Steve serves on the board and finance committee of New Music USA – a national nonprofit devoted to the development and appreciation of new music in the U.S. – and volunteers as the Treasurer for Campus Fun & Learn, a child development center on the campus of Rockland Community College in New York. 

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