Fund Spotlight: June 2016

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Welcome to the June edition of Fund Spotlight; delivering the latest alternatives market information from Apex, including fund launch stats, top fund performers and live illiquid opportunities.

 

 

New Funds Spotlight:

 

The structured credit market has been vilified among the public in recent years with many mainstream media outlets damning it as a major cause of the financial crisis. What was clear then, and remains clear now, is that experienced hands, even in 2008, weathered the storm incredibly well and continue to chart a solid course through this market. The opportunity in structured credit remains strong with default rates much lower than those in corporate credit for similarly rated tranches. In the structured credit market experience is key. An understanding of how to identify opportunities but also to appreciate the risks associated with this complex asset class. We are proud to be working with a manager in this market who has been rated independently as one of the best managers in Europe. Click below for more information.

 

Illiquid Opportunities:

 

Green infrastructure investing is characterised by long-dated, stable cash flows and predictable returns. Due to continuous technology and cost improvements, meaning much lower cost of production of energy, it is certainly true that green energy assets have never been so popular amongst long-term investors. This demand for fully operational sites is contrasted by a lack of capital/liquidity in the construction phase, where perhaps a more lucrative opportunity exists. Fuelled by concerns over climate change and an ever increasing economic advantage over conventional energy sources, there is a pressing need, on a global scale, for more green energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, good expertise in managing the construction phase is as rare as the capital to fund it. One of our latest and most exciting funds marries expertise and capital together to offer an uncorrelated opportunity to achieve returns that far surpass more traditional plays in this area. Click below for more information.

 

Investor Appetite & Industry Trends:

 

It seems that political uncertainties both in Europe, due to Brexit and the U.S. due to the upcoming presidential elections, have charged investors to think of their directional exposure and correlation to the market. This month, we have seen a surge in requests for Equity Market Neutral funds and funds that are not correlated to the wider market. Specifically with regard to European investments, we are having conversations about the impact of worsening macro economic conditions on investments as many see Brexit as a catalyst for worsening market sentiment in Europe.

 

We have also seen some requests for global macro managers who can navigate this tricky environment and profit from the potential swings in the markets in the next few months. Good ideas in overlooked stocks and asset classes are a very valuable commodity amongst investors at the moment.

 

 

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