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.
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As COP26 enters its second week, global asset managers are cautiously optimistic about the climate conference’s outcomes on key climate change priorities.
By Jordan Harwood and Zhanying Li – "Emerging Markets Debt (EMD) continues to be a key component within many institutional fixed income portfolios today. Firstly, there is strong potential for capital growth and diversification, against the backdrop of developed market rates; and secondly, the asset class still provides essential income to those combatting cash-flow negativity amid the Covid-prolonged low yield environment,” says Jordan Harwood, Vice President, iShares UK Asset Owner Specialist.
The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, is highlighting climate and natural capital themes in more than half of its engagements with companies, as investors are urged to use their influence to push for positive change.
Investors are growing increasingly aware of investment opportunities in ‘natural capital’, including assets important for carbon storage, carbon sequestration, soil erosion protection, flood risk management, biodiversity, and water quality.