Alternative Investments – Capital Funding for the Future

About the Episode

The world of alternative investments is complex but compelling for middle-market business owners and entrepreneurs to understand. Kimberly Flynn discusses how M&A fits into the world of asset management. She defines alternative investments, explains how they fit into investment portfolios, discusses institutional money management, looks at how private equity and VC firms utilize M&A, considers options for raising capital, and speculates on the future of alternative investments and the potential impact on M&A.

“Alternative investments really expand the potential pool of capital in the U.S. The expansion of the use of alternative investments in asset management is going to drive future growth in M&A.”

Kimberly Flynn

In this Episode

2:31 What does an asset management platform do?
3:40 Who do asset managers work for?
7:05 What role do alternative investments, including M&A, play in the overall investment world?
10:06 How common is it for money managers to invest in alternative investments?
13:43 What impact do retail investors have on the alternative investment world?
15:22 What is a BDC? Are they an option for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital?
19:43 Can an entrepreneur invest in multiple markets using alternative investments?
25:16 Where does the money for private equity investments come from?
29:12 What has been the biggest change in alternative investments over the past 20 years?
31:10 What role does M&A play in alternative investments?
34:08 What is going to be the next big change in the private equity world? How might M&A change in the next 10 to 20 years?

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Terms Mentioned in This Episode

  • BDC: Business Development Companies – investment firms that provide capital and support to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • ETF: Exchange-Traded Fund – an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, holding assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds.
  • Institutional Investors: A company or organization, such as mutual funds, pension funds, and insurance companies, that invests money on behalf of other people. 
  • NYSE: New York Stock Exchange – one of the largest stock exchanges in the world, where stocks and other securities are bought and sold.
  • REIT: Real Estate Investment Trust – a company that owns, operates, or finances income-generating real estate, often traded on major exchanges like the NYSE.
  • SEC: Securities and Exchange Commission – a U.S. regulatory agency responsible for enforcing federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry.
  • VC: Venture Capital – a type of private equity financing provided to startups or small businesses with high growth potential in exchange for equity ownership.

Meet Our Guest

Kimberly Flynn

Kimberly Flynn

Founder and Managing Director of XA Investments

Kimberly Flynn, CFA, is a founder and Managing Director of XA Investments, where she is responsible for all product and business development activities. Previously, Kim was Senior Vice President and Head of Product Development for Nuveen Investments’ Global Structured Products Group. In her 11 years at Nuveen, she helped develop over 40 closed-end funds, raising approximately $13 billion in capital. Kim received her MBA degree from Harvard University and her BBA in Finance and Business Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. 

Location Location: Chicago, Illinois

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