M&A deal volume set to break records in 2018

The M&A market could end 2018 on a new high. According to Thomson Reuters data and an analysis by Intralinks.

Listed private equity set to shrug off financial crisis woes and become more popular with investors

Listed private equity appears to display a similar risk/reward profile as major equity indices, US real estate investment trusts (Reits) and other equity classes over the long term.

Endowment and foundations see private equity as good investment opportunity

Almost half (43 per cent) of endowments and foundations say they will increase their allocations to private equity with over half (53 per cent) maintaining exposure.

Intense competition for infrastructure assets kicks off competitive pricing

Rising demand for infrastructure assets by a growing number of investors with available funds is fuelling prices and intense competition, according to a report by market intelligence firm Preqin.

Wide mix of risks worry asset managers as divergent economic growth accelerates

An emerging markets downturn, the US economy and lower US corporate earnings are the top three concerns for investment managers, according to a survey by Northern Trust Asset Managers.

Valuations, access and fees top concerns about private equity by endowments

Private equity valuations, access and fees are the biggest concerns among endowments and foundations, according to a survey by investment and consulting firm NEPC.

Pension plans allocate more to alternatives while concerns around liquidity and scaleability remain

Pensions plans sponsors are encouraging pension plans to invest more in alternatives in order to diversify portfolios and boost returns, says to a Northern Trust white paper.

IMF warns of risk from vanilla funds and calls for hands on supervision of fund industry

The International Monetary Fund has added its voice to rising calls for more supervision of the fund management industry and warned that even plain vanilla products pose risks.