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Investors pursue Asian-focused equity managers and stress ESG

There has been a dramatic shift in equity mandates and portfolios toward emerging market and Asia-focused equity managers, according to research by bfinance.

Investors into Billion Dollar Club increase as fewer hedge funds control the majority of AUM

More investors have entered Preqin’s Billion Dollar Club. Investors allocating $1bn or more to the industry increased by eight in the 12 months to June 2017.

Investors expect more from hedge funds in 2017 as performance improves

Almost three quarters of investors expect their hedge fund portfolios to perform better in 2017 compared with 2016. Performance-based gains are expected to drive industry assets to reach $3.14tn by year-end.

Sovereign institutional investors keen to increase securities lending

Sovereign institutions are considering expanding their commitment to securities lending to increase returns and help alleviate what they perceive as a threat to liquidity in the financial markets.

Listed private equity may offer way into asset class for investors that need liquidity

Listed private equity funds have recently been trading at wide discounts to net asset value of more than 20 per cent despite good investment performance over the last five years, according to data from Edison.

Investors keen to increase exposure to venture capital with Asia leading the pack

Institutional investor appetite for exposure to the venture capital has increased across all regions, with the largest increase seen among investors based in Asia.

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.

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.