“Alternative Assets Provide Diversification Opportunities, Higher Potential Returns” (part 1) by Paul L. Palandjian, Managing Director, Trinity Group Ltd

October 11, 2012

Alternative assets offer institutional investors the opportunity to generate higher returns than usual with diversified portfolios that can often withstand fluctuations in the market. Traditional assets such as stocks and bonds have historically delivered steady income over a period of time, but they also have drawbacks. Fixed-rate bonds and cash equivalents generally provide security against risk but relatively low returns, while stocks have the potential to produce higher returns but are extremely vulnerable to market instability.

Institutional investors in the past almost exclusively relied on traditional assets to keep their money working for them. Most experts traditionally recommended that institutional investors create portfolios comprised of 60 percent stocks with the remaining 40 percent dedicated to bonds. Over many years and market cycles, this formula delivered good returns. Moreover, managers who oversaw traditional assets benefitted from public trades, knowledge about market cycles, institutional history, and benchmarks.

However, institutional investors eventually realized that they could add new types of assets to their portfolios to lessen risk and improve returns. Alternative assets include private equity, infrastructure, real estate, commodities, hedge funds, and tactical asset allocation. In addition, alternative assets sometimes involve uncommon forms of debt such as leveraged loans and catastrophe insurance. These assets require specialized knowledge on the part of an investment manager because of their limited history, relative illiquidity, and unusual performance qualities.

When the equity markets plummeted in 2000 and bond yields remained low, investors shifted assets away from traditional instruments and into alternative investments. During 2005 alone, managers moved approximately $200 billion into alternative assets. Much of that money came from pension funds that strove to increase investment income to accommodate expanding payout requirements. By 2006, alternative assets represented as much as 20 percent of all global institutional investments. Financial analysts expect these numbers to continue to increase in the years to come as institutional investors expand their familiarity with the asset class.

About the Author:

Paul L. Palandjian serves as the Managing Director of Trinity Group Ltd, a United Kingdom-based private bank. Mr. Palandjian specializes in real estate investment and defense consulting.


The Leary Firefighters Foundation, By Paul L. Palandjian

September 25, 2012

An accomplished professional who believes in private philanthropy and community service, Paul Palandjian proudly serves on the board of The Leary Firefighters Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by actor and comedian Denis Leary. Paul L. Palandjian maintains his commitment to the organization because of his appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions firefighters make to society.

Denis Leary established the foundation in 2000 following the death six firefighters, including his cousin and a friend, in a Massachusetts fire. Since its founding, The Leary Firefighters Foundation contributes funds to local departments for needed safety equipment and training. In the 12 years the fund has been in operation, it has donated more than $10 million to departments in Massachusetts, New York, and Louisiana. Following Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005, The Leary Firefighters Foundation donated 14 search-and-rescue boats to the fire department and began restoring nearly a dozen firehouses rendered inoperable following the natural disaster.

Tennis: A Brief History By Paul L. Palandjian

April 18, 2012

Our modern game of tennis traces back to a medieval game called real tennis, which evolved from an early French version of handball. Over time, players began using gloves and eventually adopted racquets. By the 16th century, real tennis had set rules and regulation courts. The game became popular in the French court, largely due to the passion of Francis I for the sport. His successors carried on his fervor. In fact, two French kings died from complications related to playing tennis. An Italian priest authored the first book about tennis in 1555 and King Charles IX created the first tennis league in 1571, when he granted a constitution to the Corporation of Tennis Professionals. Forbet codified the rules of tennis in 1599. The game was also popular in Italy during the 16th century, evidenced by depictions in paintings. By the 17th century, athletes played the game throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Spain, Italy, and France. During this period, it fell from popularity in England, because of Puritanism. In subsequent centuries, the English adopted several new games that developed from real tennis, such as racquets, squash, and lawn tennis.

What has become the contemporary version of tennis, lawn tennis developed from a game created by the Englishman Major Harry Gem and his Spanish friend Augurio Perera. They combined elements of racquets with Pelota, a traditional Spanish game, and played the new invention on croquet lawns. The pair founded the first tennis club in 1874. The previous year, Major Clopton Wingfield of Wales engineered a strikingly similar game, pulling elements of real tennis. He named the sport lawn tennis.

Registration with State Department Ensures Safety in Arms Sales

October 5, 2011

The United States and its allies are continually pondering mechanisms for defense in a volatile world. While ensuring that its allies are adequately equipped to safeguard their citizens and interests remains a crucial concern, the United States also closely regulates the sale of its arms and munitions to warrant that their use serves the interest of its own people.


Trinity Security and Defense Advisors, LLC, holds a license as a Broker of Armaments to Foreign Governments from the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. This agency of the State Department oversees the import and export of equipment, services, and products related to defense. Using the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the government controls the sale of items included on the United States Munitions List. Any sale of such items without authorization or exemption leads to fines or other sanctions.


Cold War Map 1980

Cold War Map 1980 posted at ocw.nd.edu


The U.S. government enacted the rules governing the import or export of munitions, technology, and services in 1976, at a time when the Cold War loomed over the world and threatened destruction on a more massive scale than ever seen before. The arms race prompted by the face-off between the United States and the Soviet Union triggered significant development of new weapons and technology. Prior to ITAR, the United States and its allies authorized similar measures to prevent Eastern Bloc countries from accessing military products and secrets. ITAR, however, expanded these rules, providing more oversight and increased restrictions.


About the Author:


The Managing Director of Trinity Security and Defense Advisors, LLC, Paul L. Palandjian manages daily operations for the firm. In addition to being licensed as a Broker of Armaments to Foreign Governments, Mr. Palandjian’s firm offers sales and advisory services to clients in a wide range of security and defense fields.

Three Effective Tennis Drills

July 22, 2011

Posted by RLHyde

By Paul Palandjian

1. The best tennis players understand how to effectively play the net and make their opponent struggle to keep up. In order to achieve this, players must possess a great deal of stamina and confidence in their own coordination and footwork. To build these skills, find two partners and place them on the baseline at opposite ends of the court. Stand at the service line on the other side and have the other two players begin a volley with you. Focus on sending the volleys back in a gentle, controlled manner and keep the balls in play as long as you can. You should move around and strike the ball from whichever side and angle makes the most sense. Through this exercise, you build endurance, refine your ability to react quickly to shots, and gain confidence with your footwork. Try to keep the volleys going for 5 to 10 minutes and then rotate so that all three players have a turn at the net.

2. A well-rounded player must be capable of sending a ball from the back of the court to the back of the opponent’s court. In order to develop the power and control necessary for this type of shot, while continuing to build stamina, find a partner who will stand on a one corner at the baseline of the opposite side of the court. While you stand at the baseline in the middle of your side, have your partner send a ball to you. Return the ball to the partner and sustain a volley for as long as possible. Although your partner should never move, he or she should send the ball to different places in the court, forcing you to run and make quick decisions. After about five minutes, have your partner change sides so that you gain practice sending the ball to both corners of the opponent’s side.

3. The following drill continues to improve your accuracy while creating an excellent opportunity to practice serving the ball. With a partner, stand on opposite sides of the court and play only in the service court, effectively cutting the player area in half. Play a normal game, focusing on accuracy with both serves and returns.


The United States Tennis Association (USTA)

February 9, 2011

As a financial professional and former ATP Tour tennis player, I maintain strong ties with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and have served as a board member of the USTA.


With over 700,000 members worldwide, the USTA serves as the governing body of U.S. Tennis. USTA got its start in 1881 as the United States National Lawn Tennis Association, at a time when tennis was primarily played on grass. The organization switched to its current name in 1975, long after lawn play had been usurped by hard court competition.


USTA is organized into several geographical affiliations, including New England, the Midwest, the Southwest, and northern California. Within each chapter, USTA is organized into leagues representing a wide range of ages and playing abilities, from Junior to Super Senior. This system allows the efficient organization of local teams, leagues, and competitions suitable for the ages and makeup of member participants. USTA also maintains the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP), a self-rating system ensuring evenly balanced play in USTA tournaments.


The arm of USTA I am most involved with is the charitable and philanthropic USTA Serves. The organization provides a mix of college scholarships for well-motivated student athletes and educational programs fostering tennis and life skills. I am very heartened at the way USTA has helped the popularity of tennis grow among all segments of American society, encouraging at-risk youth and people with disabilities to compete on and off the court.


The USTA is currently experiencing tremendous growth, mirroring renewed interest in tennis throughout the U.S. Among sports, tennis has been a leader in growth this past decade, according to Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association data, witnessing an incredible 40 percent increase in participation from 2000 to 2008. This places tennis well ahead of sports such as football, baseball, and ice hockey, all of which experienced participation declines.

Paul L. Palandjian

December 6, 2010

Noted for his contributions to the greater Boston community, entrepreneur and executive Paul L. Palandjian has proven essential to the continued growth of numerous organizations dedicated to youth athletics, education, medical research, and other services. A former tennis player and competitor on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour, Paul L. Palandjian maintains strong connections with the sport. He acts as a mentor to young athletes on the 2007 Davis Cup, has served as a volunteer Assistant Coach for Belmont Hill School’s varsity tennis team, and has consulted for Harvard University’s and Boston College’s tennis teams. Notably, Paul L. Palandjian is the Treasurer and Director of the United States Tennis Association’s Tennis and Education Foundation (USTA Serves), through which he helps at-risk children and children with disabilities attain a renewed sense of confidence through the integration of recreational and educational activities. In addition to his charity work in tennis, Paul L. Palandjian has served on the Board and on the Exhibitions Committee at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; the Board of Trustees of the Belmont Hill School; the Advisory Board of the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care; and the Board of Directors for The Leary Firefighters Foundation. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College, Paul L. Palandjian holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in Sociology. Over the years, Paul L. Palandjian has served in a wide variety of executive capacities at companies in the U.S. and abroad, including Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and Somerset Equity Advisors. At present, Paul L. Palandjian holds a dual role as Managing Director at Trinity Group Limited and Trinity Security & Defense Advisors, LLC. Along with his family, Paul L. Palandjian resides in Boston.

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