A new approach focusing on how hedge fund managers treat their investors is being trialled by regulators in the US.
Overseeing and policing the hedge fund industry, which is worth a staggering $3 trillion, has never been easy and this new approach follows a series of investigations into how hedge funds respond to investors. Focusing specifically on the manner in which these funds value their holdings and what happens when an investor happens to ask for their money to be returned, the new approach has been receiving lots of attention.
Private companies in Canada attracted a record $881 million in 103 funding rounds from venture capital and private equity investors during the first quarter. “You have all the VCs on Sand Hill fighting for the next big American startup,” said Mike Woollatt, chief executive of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. “But while I was in the Valley this week talking to folks, suddenly now everyone’s interested in Canada, saying, ‘What’s going on up there? You have all this stuff happening.”
Big-name companies increasingly are investing in startups as they look to enhance digital offerings. During the first quarter, corporate venture capital investors put more than $2.5 billion into startups in 228 deals, NVCA and PricewaterhouseCoopers found.
Annual returns on farmland have averaged 11.5% over the past 25 years, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries’ Farmland Index, nearly 4 percentage points better than the Standard & Poor’s 500. Institutions such as REITs are increasing their investment in this sector as its value becomes more apparent.
Speech by Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) City Lecture, London, 5 May 2016.
Skyscrapers Are Warning of Economic Chaos
The construction of record-setting skyscrapers has often coincided with bubbles. I connected this dynamic to the building frenzy in the Middle East, and suggest that the building boom may be pointing towards an economic bust. Read my article here.
Hedge funds are in the spotlight. Their supporters argue that they offer long term outperformance and strong
diversification. Since the financial crisis their detractors have called this into question, and some policymakers have
suggested that particular hedge fund instruments and strategies contributed to the general market turmoil.
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IPFA Special edition — January 2016
10 emerging trends in 2016 – Trends that will change the world of infrastructure over the next 5 years
Barring a global economic meltdown or apocalyptic event, 2016 is already shaping up to be a year of growing momentum for the infrastructure sector. The signs of this momentum are everywhere: in new sources of capital and new funding approaches that promise to unlock trillions of dollars in new equity and debt investment; in growing asset management capabilities, cyber security and public procurement, which are ushering in a real step-change in the way operators and owners manage assets; in the growing boldness of governments seeking to catalyze economic and social benefits; and in the growing alignment between the ‘macro’ needs of governments and the ‘micro’ decisions of consumers.
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