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25 September 2012

US institutional investors say alternative investments are “essential” $

Three in four US institutional investors have changed their approach to risk management over the past five years and now consider the use of alternative investments essential to diversify portfolio risk, according to a new study.

5 September 2012

US healthcare institutions take endowment route, up commitment to alternatives $

US nonprofit healthcare organisations’ growing allocation to alternatives is an ongoing trend, seeking total return through asset class diversification, the acceptance of lower portfolio liquidity and a long-term time horizon, a new report has suggested.

22 August 2012

Québec’s private equity activity hits 5-year high $

Buyout and private equity transactions in Québec companies have reached their highest level since the 2007 peak in the last cycle, with a total of 57 transactions in the first half of 2012, more than two-thirds the number conducted in all of 2011.

20 July 2012

Double-digit increase for VC dollars, deals $

US venture capitalists invested $7bn in 898 deals in the second quarter of 2012. Quarterly venture investment activity climbed 17 per cent in terms of dollars and 11 per cent in the number of deals.

11 July 2012

2012 set to be banner year for IT investment $

The first quarter of 2012 was a banner quarter for transaction activity in the information technology professional service organisations, with 92 deals representing the largest total since the fourth quarter of 2006.

9 July 2012

Private equity M&A off to slow start in 2012 $

Accounting for ten per cent of worldwide M&A during the first half of 2012, private equity-backed activity decreased 19 per cent compared to 2011 levels.

3 July 2012

VC-backed IPO market stalls despite Facebook boost $

stocks2_lrg Venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest quarter on record, by dollars raised, bolstered by the record-breaking offering from Facebook in May.

22 June 2012

US rallies with dollar increase in June’s M&A activity $

As in Europe, US M&A declined in May, although there was a ray of light as its announced dollar volume showed improvement for the second straight month.

22 June 2012

North America’s endowments stick with private equity $

doorway_lrg Despite the ongoing market constrictions, North American endowments have steadily increased their investment in private equity in recent years, in recognition of the asset class’s unique return characteristics.

20 June 2012

Opinions divided over fate of US IPOs in 2012 $

question_170sq There remains little agreement among capital markets executives at leading investment banks when asked to forecast US IPOs during the remainder of 2012, with opinions divided as to whether the number will remain flat, or experience either positive or negative growth.

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