Nick Evans writes that equity hedge funds started the second half of 2022 with a much-needed bounce in July, as the strong US stockmarket rally after the worst first half of a year on Wall Street in more than half a century helped long/short equity managers to claw back some of their H1 losses.
Nick Evans writes that Q2 2022 private markets analysis by alternative assets data provider Preqin reveals steep declines in private equity, sharp rises in infrastructure and natural resources, strong growth in private debt, and growing signs of slowdowns in real estate and venture capital as global investors react to the recent market sell-offs and the changed macro-economic environment.
Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE), the independent investment company created to found, fund, and build transformational businesses through its unique partnership with the University of Oxford, has raised a further GBP250 million (USD300 million) in funding. This brings the total amount raised by OSE to more than GBP850 million (USD1 billion) since inception in 2015.
Funds that contribute to a beneficial impact for people and the planet are rapidly increasing in popularity among the world’s largest investors, according to the latest release of global asset manager Schroders’ flagship Institutional Investor Study.
Barings, one of the largest global private debt investment managers, has raised EUR7 billion for the third vintage of its European Private Loan strategy in an oversubscribed fundraising that underlines the buoyant appetite for private credit among investors and issuers worldwide.
Nick Evans writes that leading cryptocurrency exchange-traded product issuers in the US and Europe have unveiled novel ETF instruments enabling investors to navigate the bear market in crypto assets, as the ‘crypto winter’ crisis continues to intensify with the collapse of a large hedge fund and escalating signs of stress within the digital assets ecosystem.
Nick Evans writes that Brookfield, the world’s second largest alternative asset management firm, has raised the largest ever private fund dedicated to accelerating the global energy transition to a net-zero carbon economy with the announcement of the final close of its inaugural Brookfield Global Transition Fund with total capital of USD15 billion.
BlackRock has raised USD250 million from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship ‘blended finance’ fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.
By Neil Jamieson, head of UK and Ireland Sales at NTree International, a firm specialising in distribution and investor education.
Asset management firms are accelerating their digital transformation, with almost half planning to boost their digital spend in the coming year. The push to digitalise been driven by the rise of low-cost passive investing and digital-first challenger banks, which have squeezed the margins of traditional asset managers.
Challenging groupthink: Willis Towers Watson says most active managers over-diversify to reduce investment risk
“Knowing more about less”: this is how Willis Towers Watson describes the process of researching fund managers. “There are 18,000 asset managers. There are more asset managers than there are stocks in indices,” says Chris Redmond, head of manager research at Willis Towers Watson. “We cannot possibly devote our time to every one of them.”
In this 5th and final podcast of the series, Steven Unzicker, Founder of ANZU Research, SEI’s Ross Ellis and Michael Neumann, Head of AI Quantitative Strategies and Partner at Arabesque, discuss how the decentralised model - as characterised by Uber and Airbnb – could inform the future of fund management.