Domestic private equity in realty doubled in 2016: JLL report

The domestic private equity investment in real estate touched $3.4 billion in 2016 as against $2 billion in 2015, said a report from JLL.

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liquid alternatives are investment products, available to retail investors, generally through mutual funds or ETFs. These Products are designed to provide the diversification and absolute-return benefits typically associated with hedge fund strategies. Liquid alternative make these strategies accessible to other investors apart from the limited range of qualified investors.

There is a new wave of second generation liquid alternative products is now on the anvil. These products will try to address the performance and high fee structure issues of the first generation liquid alts.

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How Michigan state workers, Facebook, Twitter have $1B in common

This is the story of how Facebook and Twitter make Michigan’s public pension systems unique. The state-run pension plans for Michigan school employees and state government workers are among the biggest players in so-called “alternative investments” such as real estate, private companies and hedge funds, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Asset securitization in China: the latest and coolest

In April 2015 the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) relaxed its rules for the sale of mortgage and asset-backed securities – securities which are based on pools of underlying assets – allowing these products to be sold with limited approval from regulators. These assets are usually illiquid and long term, and pooling and securitization makes them available to a broad range of investors. When assets are securitized, the future cash flows of the assets are passed through to investors in the form of an asset-backed security and the most relevant to Chinese asset owners include commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and asset-backed securities (ABS).

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Demand for Alternative Assets and New Strategies

Institutional investors are broadly maintaining their commitments to the alternative investment industry and nearly three-quarters plan to increase their allocations this year, according to a new survey by Context Summits.

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Quant Funds Engaging In New Strategies

North American quantitative fund managers have been positive in nine out of 11 monthly major risk events, a EurekaHedge report noted. The volatility of these quant funds was generally in the low single digits across geographic regions, where notable differences in performance were noted. The rise of the quantitative hedge fund is leading to an expansion of strategies, the April report observed, with sentiment indicators starting to creep in among more traditional pattern recognition factors.

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Relax restrictive block deal rules; FPIs request SEBI

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) are seeking an extension of the time window for block deals and relaxation of order limit by writing to SEBI with the assistance of ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association), a body representing FPIs said a national news portal.

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US Tax reform uncertainty testing alternative investors

Congressional Republican tax proposals dating from before the 2016 election and ideas that President Donald Trump has espoused since taking office that could alter the alternative investing playbook and push down returns are sparking a lot of potential investment scenarios but no real answers.

The unsettled nature of tax reform is causing a great deal of uncertainty in the private equity and real estate investment industries. Increasing the uncertainty, on April 12, President Trump said he now plans to finish health-care reform before he tackles tax reform.

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India solar transactions top global fund raise of $3.2 billion so far in 2017: report

Indian renewable energy companies have raised over $1.62 billion during the first quarter of 2017 in transactions ranging from venture capital (VC) funding, debt financing, project funding and merger and acquisitions (M&A), according to data from Mercom Capital Group Llc., a global clean energy consulting firm.

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Sebi may ease AIF regulations for start-up investments

The Sebi committee on AIF investment norms, headed by former Infosys chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy, is to submit its third set of recommendations by the end of April.  To encourage investments in so-called alternative investment funds (AIF), which invest in start-ups and other young companies, the Committee is likely recommend a lower investment threshold for accredited investors, said two people familiar with the discussions of the group.

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