New rules for venture capital?

Analysts see lower first financings as a sign that start-up valuations are peaking and the funding of new ones is tapering off. While some see the peak of the VC investment cycle, other just see new rules for the industry.

Is a stable period of recovery lying ahead?

After the past few years of turbulence for the European economy, 2016 can be the beginning of a stable period of economic recovery with growth being based on more than just consumer spending.

New opportunities for asset servicing

The asset servicing industry has growth by 16% on average during the last four years. EY looks at key issues for this critical but often unsung component of the global financial markets and how they invest to meet their client’s needs.

Bubble development in some cities

Inexpensive financing combined with bullish expectation has driven real estate prices. While many cities are overvalued by now, London and Hong Kong inherit the greatest risk of facing a real estate bubble, says UBS.

Outlook for alternatives

Scope Ratings expects 2016 an increasing competition among asset manager of alternative investment funds. Investors are likely to accept higher risks which, are to be managed adequately by the managers.

Hedge funds struggle with recruiting talents

According to a report from Barclays, hedge funds are increasingly finding it difficult to hire good people. This might affect performance as a stable talent base “is the main, if not the only, source of competitive advantage.”

Real Estate in 2016

Real estate investors find opportunities across the globe, fundraising is up and new sources of financing emerge. Ernst & Young expects the real estate industry to be innovative in providing investors and fund managers with liquidity.

Good governance is a key investment differentiator

According to a study pursued by Aberdeen Asset Management among institutional investors, governance is an integral and critical factors when selecting and analysing investments. Still “it is more an art than a science”.

Evolving technologies keep M&A activity high

In the third quarter, the number of global technology M&A transactions grew to its seventh consecutive record. Although the aggregate value decreased compared to the second quarter, EY expects dealmaking strength to continue.

Is future growth jeopardised by share buybacks?

Share buybacks alone have increased to about 47 percent of the market’s income since 2011. Some investors and regulators question, whether this reflects underinvestment and reduces future growth.

Personal development over Christmas

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Key drivers of change for asset managers

Ernst & Young expects years of change lying ahead for the global asset management industry at both, the institutional and retail, level. EY identifies the top nine drivers of change for this industry, which asset managers have to address.

Megatrends affecting real estate investing

Looking at the big picture, some key trends will affect the usage and demand for real estate globally and over the next decade: Urbanisation, a shift of economic power, the rise of the global middle class, ageing populations and global interconnectedness.

The most innovative fund concepts

For the FERI EuroRating Award 2016 in the special mentions category Fund Innovations, FERI has nominated five funds. The funds set up by Ampega, Apo Asset Management, Finreon, Pictet Funds and Robeco all tackle different mega trends.

The Berlin real estate market

Berlin is facing an increasing demand for housing and office buildings. Due to its function as Germany’s capital, this trend in further enforced. A lock at current trends at this special real estate market.

SEC opens start-ups to wider range of investors

The SEC has revised the rules for private investors taking equity stakes in start-ups raising capital via crowdfunding. Nearly everyone is now allowed to invest the greatest of $2,000 or 5% of annual income or net worth per year.

Demand for non-financials information

More institutional investors are relying on non-financial information to make better investment decisions and evaluate a company’s value creation. Integrated reports can help to fill information gaps.