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27 January 2014

De-risking impact investment vital to driving more capital to the sectorp

Key risk factors continue to deter investors from gaining exposure to impact investments, according to a new report, which is destined to remain a niche activity unless these are addressed.

22 January 2014

Israel hits ten-year high for VC investmentp

It was a record-breaking year in 2013 with 662 Israeli high-tech companies closing financing rounds. In all $2.3bn was raised - the highest amount in the past ten years and second only to the $3.1bn raised by local startups in 2000.

22 January 2014

Pension funds lagging sophisticated investors with private equity exposurep

Pension funds remain underweight in private equity compared to the allocations of family offices/endowments and sovereign wealth funds, according to new research.

21 January 2014

Alternative asset allocation grows as investors ready for volatilityp

Asset owners have reiterated their intention to allocate more to private assets, with asset price volatility providing the major source of risk for the year ahead, a new investor survey has revealed.

17 January 2014

Internet leads the pack as US venture capital grows in 2013p

Venture capitalists invested $29.4bn in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of seven percent in dollars and a four per cent increase in deals over the prior year,

14 January 2014

Green investments slips back despite final quarter pushp

The volume and value of investment in global cleantech companies fell back in 2013 to 265 deals worth an aggregate $8.353bn.

6 January 2014

Israel sees ‘dramatic’ boost in VC performancep

There was a dramatic increase in VC-backed exits, average deal size and average return-on-equity ratios in Israel, according to a new research report.

3 January 2014

Indian private equity investment plunges to lowest levels since 2009p

Private equity firms invested $7.5bn over 384 deals in India during the 12 months ending December 2013, the lowest levels witnessed in the last four years in both value and volume terms.

20 December 2013

Emerging economies maintain M&A market sharep

While the annual level of M&A activity in the so-called emerging markets has retracted somewhat from its peak in 2010, it remains high at 37 per cent of the volume of transactions announced worldwide.

11 December 2013

Regulators struggle to find balance between growth and investment protectionp

Nearly half of financial services professionals globally don’t believe that any regulator has managed to strike the right balance between protecting investors and underpinning growth, according to a recent survey.

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