The 'AlphaQ – April 2015' special report comprises 20 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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Welcome to AlphaQ – The Journal & Network for Institutional Investors, Wealth Advisers and Asset Managers

Welcome to AlphaQ – The Journal & Network for Institutional Investors, Wealth Advisers and Asset Managers

The hunt for diverse streams of alpha is intensifying, and skill-based risk-adjusted returns are the Holy Grail for all investment managers. Global Fund Media (GFM) brings you AlphaQ, a monthly compendium of investment ideas, skill and talent across all asset classes.

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Cloud derivatives

Cloud derivatives

James Williams meets the Derivitec team who showcase how best to manage derivatives risk through the cloud…

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European M&A

European M&A

Beverly Chandler discusses a new study by CMS with Martin Mendelssohn, partner at CMS, which finds private company M&A in Europe enjoying a major uplift.

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Building assets

Building assets

James Williams interviews EQT Partners who have established a new European real estate platform to focus on London and the Nordics.

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Backing bricks & mortar

Backing bricks & mortar

Clearbell’s Manish Chande (pictured) tells Beverly Chandler why commercial property funds are currently proving attractive to institutional investors around the world…

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Plausible alternatives

Plausible alternatives

Declan Canavan (pictured), JP Morgan Asset Management, describes how insurance companies generate higher returns from different types of alternatives during this period of low yields…

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Challenging the illiquidity myth

Challenging the illiquidity myth

Preqin recently surveyed over 50 managers of dedicated secondaries assets to find out about their activity in 2014 and to assess their outlook on the market for 2015. Patrick Adefuye (pictured) analyses the key findings from these results.

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Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap

Michael Riak, (pictured) head of US defined contribution at Pantheon Ventures, reports on the US retirement crisis and how private equity can bridge the gap…

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Virtual real estate

Virtual real estate

Beverly Chandler interviews BlackRock’s Tom Fekete on how the company’s new iShares product brings illiquid property to the trading table…

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The ESG phenomenon

The ESG phenomenon

ESG is increasingly important for investors and companies alike, writes Beverly Chandler. New research from LGT Capital Partners and Mercer confirms that investors are key in pushing this phenomenon forward.

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Investing in Africa

Investing in Africa

Diane Radley (pictured), CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group, examines how to unlock the potential for private market investment in Africa.