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  • There are a total of 75 institutional investors that currently have more than $1bn allocated to infrastructure with a combined $8.1tn in assets under management.

Institutional investors allocating $1bn or more to infrastructure dominate the market

Institutional investors putting $1bn or more into infrastructure now make up the dominant market participants, according to research by Preqin.
  • The analysis is of second quarter 2016 SEC form 13F reports filings by pure play hedge funds.

Hedge funds increase equity holdings in Q2 as they near all-time lows for stock holdings number

Hedge funds continued to shed equity positions in the second quarter, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence quarterly hedge fund tracker.
  • Other emerging markets also reported gains for the second quarter and year to date to end July.

Latin America-focused hedge funds report healthy advances in first half of year

Hedge funds investing in Latin America posted strong gains through mid-2016, reversing declines in four of the past five years, including the last three years, to lead all areas of hedge fund performance through the first half of 2016.
  • A quarter of survey respondents have asked for reduced fees or been offered reduced fees by their hedge fund managers within the past six months.

Endowments and foundations remain true to hedge funds but many cut allocations

Some endowments and foundations are re-evaluating their hedge fund allocations, according to an NEPC survey. Respondents cited strong concerns about high fees, underperformance and transparency
  • Equity hedge was the top performing strategy in July, reversing previous declines.

Hedge funds continue performance winning streak while Asian strategies struggle to keep assets

Hedge funds posted gains for the fifth consecutive month in July, the longest positive streak since 2013, according to data from Hedge Fund Research (HFR).
  • The high levels of dry powder indicate the enormous potential of the European private credit market and its current capacity

Alternatives growing player in global private credit market

The global private credit market, an alternative source of financing for small and medium sized enterprises, is flourishing. The sector has grown from $440bn last year to $560bn at the end of June.
  • The largest redemptions during the year have been from big funds that underperformed last year. However, there has also been a lot of money removed from funds that produced decent returns in the first half of the year.

Money flows out of hedge funds as investors continue redemptions in second quarter

Investors redeemed a net $20.70bn from hedge funds in June, bringing the second quarter net flows to negative $10.68bn. The net flows in the first six months of the year were a negative $27.95bn, according to eVestment data.
  • Bearish sentiment is still significantly down after peaking two quarters ago. Global investors are more bearish than their North America counterparts.

Institutional investors worried about economic outlook as bearish sentiment ebbs

Institutional investor sentiment is deteriorating with the worsening macro outlook, decelerating organic growth and uncertain political backdrop, according to research by Corbin Perspective.