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From Asset Allocation / Alternatives February 3, 2011

New launches signal a revival of fortunes

Investors are returning to hedge funds, with both Ucits III regulated funds and managed accounts attracting inflows, but the consolidation of the market into fewer hands is continuing

Laurent Reiss, UBP
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives December 2, 2010

The trade-off between higher returns and greater liquidity

The growing number of funds of hedge funds on Ucits platforms is in response to calls for greater transparency, liquidity and regulation, but their performance may disappoint some investors, writes Elisa Trovato.

Andreas König, Pioneer Investments
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives December 2, 2010

Putting the currency wars in perspective

The strength of currencies has become a source of tension between some of the world’s biggest economies, especially the US and China, writes Elliot Smither. But how worried should private investors be?

Aniruddha Joshi, Hirco
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives October 23, 2010

Real potential in Indian construction

With huge demand for new housing in India there are plenty of opportunities for those looking to invest in real estate, writes Yuri Bender.

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 27, 2010

Location paramount to achieving returns

A region’s economic fundamentals are key when investing in property, a lesson learnt by those with exposure to the asset class who have suffered heavy losses in recent years, writes Elisa Trovato.

Richard Davis, BlackRock
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 2, 2010

Agriculture provides food for thought

A rising global population, increased wealth in the developing world and the growing biofuels industry all demand increased agricultural output, which a number of new funds are looking to target, writes Elliot Smither.

John Bennett, ManGroup
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives July 4, 2010

Providing a safe pair of hands

Whether targeting traditional institutional investors or private banks, hedge fund providers must be able to demonstrate high levels of transparency, liquidity and service, reports Yuri Bender.

Ravi Bulchandani, Barclays Wealth
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

An alternative route to absolute returns

Recent market turbulence has seen clients increasing their allocation to alternative investments, particularly in sophisticated markets. But some investors still perceive them as a risky allocation, writes Elisa Trovato

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Seeking additional returns in a difficult environment

Multi-asset structured products are a one-stop shop for investors to capture their investment views and diversification needs, making them an appealing investment proposition. These products can be structured to give either direct exposure to the underlying assets or indirect exposure through actively managed underlyings such as funds, write Julie Wan and Federico De Palma

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives September 1, 2008

Private Equity: Alive and Kicking!

Despite the collapse of mega deals and slowing activity, private equity fund raising is in a healthy state and the asset class can provide premium returns over the longer term, writes Marwan Naja

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