The concept of investments has broadened immeasurably over the past decade. The main reasons being global economic slowdown in 2008 and the on-going technological advances. The ability to go online and choose the best trading platform from a choice of dozens allowed us to look in new directions. The arrival of an exciting new era of cryptocurrencies and the growing trend among private investors to consider real estate represent two alternative investment opportunities at opposite ends of the risk spectrum. But while we might still call these alternative investments, they no longer meet that dictionary definition. 2018 has seen a growing interest in what you might call “alternative alternatives,” as investors continue to push the boundaries.
Markets regulator SEBI has issued a clarification that alternative investment funds cannot convert their existing open-ended schemes to closed-ended and vice-versa.
IIFL Asset Management Limited (IIFL AMC) has launched IIFL India Private Equity Fund, a close-ended SEBI-registered Category II Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), and targets raising around Rs 1,500-2,000 crore.
Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors Ltd, a unit of the Edelweiss group, achieved the targeted base offering size of Rs. 2,000 crore for its infrastructure sector focused fund—Edelweiss Infrastructure Yield Plus Fund. The fund aims to raise another Rs. 4,500 crore via a green shoe option in the next 12 months, the company said in a statement.
The digital revolution is presenting a bewildering mix of risks and opportunities for investors. At a time when technology is disrupting markets and transforming businesses with alarming speed, the risk of getting blindsided is an ever-present concern. Yet it cuts both ways. The explosion of data, analytics and connectivity has dramatically enhanced PE funds’ ability to assess companies in due diligence and to improve their performance during the holding period. As markets rapidly transform, funds can find as many opportunities as risks if they have developed the ability to handicap change better than the competition.
With public markets strong and asset valuations high, private equity funds took advantage of a seller’s market in 2017. Exit value jumped 8.6%, to $366 billion, and the number of exits increased 3% to 1,063. Sellers saw strength across channels and geographies.
An established, award-winning financial services company is vowing to “create huge efficiencies and scalability” for the alternative investments industry by implementing Blockchain and “tokenizing an antiquated system.”
Banks sell assets to Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) on a full-cash basis or through a 15:85 rule, where 15 percent of the value is paid in cash and the rest in the form of security receipts (SRs) which are instruments that can be sold to qualified buyers such as financial institutions, banks and alternative investment funds (AIFs) through a process of private placement.
While assets over Rs 16,000 crore have been put on sale to clean up balance sheets as the financial year ends, ARCs that buy distressed assets, have been looking for better pricing from banks thus slowing down the buying process,
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and Victory Park Capital (VPC), a leading investment firm focused on providing flexible debt and opportunistic equity solutions worldwide, has launched a new fund. The new fund will invest in financial technology companies in emerging markets. The partnership aims to improve access to debt capital for financial technology companies that lend to small businesses and consumers in emerging markets.
The mass production of electric vehicles is the next big thing in green tech. The advancement in technology and logistics management have brought substantial reduction in cost.