More than four out of five investors (82%) now commit to at least one alternative asset class. The majority of traders allocate to private collateral, real property and hedge funds – 70%, 64% and 51%respectively. A third of traders each allocate to infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. The mostly cited reason behind buying each alternative asset course is diversification. This varies from 56% of private collateral traders to 73% of real estate and infrastructure investors. Sixty-one percent of traders across all asset classes believe equity markets are in a peak, up from 56%that said so in June 2018. Just 21% believe we are in an expansion stage, down from 27% half a year prior.
In response to their outlook, 26% of private capital investors are putting more capital into the industry, while 10% are drawing back from private capital investments. In the longer term, the net majority of traders across all asset classes plan to increase their allocations to alternative assets. Since the most traders allocate to private equity, I will focus on investors’ outlook for this asset class.
The report states the potential clients for private equity stay positive but prices is at a record level and this is the biggest concern for investors over another a year. What else will probably be worth noting in the Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2019? Get back to read last week’s comments on Peloton’s differentiated approach and the Canadian Business Growth Fund.
- Provide unforeseen value
- It would be better to stick to one kind of fund, the one which satisfies his investment objective
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A long-term approach in the mid-market space definitely makes a lot of sense in the current market. Large equity cheques allow private collateral sponsors to contend better against cash-rich commercial buyers, to avoid focus risks in a specific sector or company, and to pursue bigger deals because of the record high dried out powder available. In addition, it helps private equity companies to keep a strong relationship with the cash-rich pension and sovereign wealth funds, which are also limited companions (LPs), or traders, in their money. Faisal Ramzan, London-based partner at law firm Proskauer Rose.
By buying deals directly, LPs may possibly also save on fees, a second banker said. Pension and sovereign wealth funds have been expanding significantly in recent years. 77.8bn a season earlier. GIC increased its private equity investments to 11% of its portfolio from 9% through the same period, according to the funds’ latest annual reports. No doubt, I expect more offers like GIC and CPPIB’s mega offer taking Ultimate Software private.
Why should i expect more deals like this? Clealy private equity is where investors will be focusing on the most in alternatives in the years ahead but their approach will vary. Most will be in commingled pooled money but the few which have the internal capabilities to do large, complex co-investments will do so. One thing is for sure, given the historic high multiples and increased competition, Gps navigation and LPs will require a value creation intend to uncover value in their offers.