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Lonsec Global Emerging Market Equities Russia-Ukraine Conflict Update

Given the impact the Russian-Ukraine conflict has had on financial markets, Lonsec has surveyed relevant Global Emerging Market Equity managers to ascertain their exposure to Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian securities through the months of December 2021 to February 2022. Where such exposures are identified, Lonsec has also ascertained the underlying holdings and what steps managers […]

The Ins and Outs of Private Debt

What is Private Debt? Private debt, similar to public debt is an advance of money to a borrower with obligations to make interest payments on the amount borrowed (principal) and repay the principal at a predetermined maturity (typically 3-5 years). The term ‘private’ refers to these loans not being traded or issued in public markets […]

The growth of General Partner led secondaries

Secondary investments refer to the buying and selling of an investors interest and unfunded commitments in pre-existing private equity funds. Given the absence of an established trading market, the transfer of interests in private-equity funds can be a complex, time consuming and a labour-intensive process of negotiation. The volume of secondary market transactions has been […]

Value factor rally a boon for risk premium strategies

The performance of the Lonsec Alternatives universe generally performed well in the December 2020 quarter and into January 2021. The vaccine breakthroughs played a significant role in buoying investor sentiment, and while there have been logistical hiccups in some countries that have delayed the rollout, overall developments are positive for markets. A key catalyst for […]

The Alternatives strategies that paid off in Q3 2020

The performance of the Alternatives universe in the September 2020 quarter was again widely dispersed albeit sector performance was skewed to the upside. After eight months of the global pandemic, many nations still struggle to control the virus and have expended all ordinary policy responses to prop up the global economy. Volatility in security prices […]

COVID-19 will lead to more scrutiny of Systematic Risk Premia strategies

The performance of the Alternatives universe during the recent market downturn has been widely dispersed, albeit skewed to the downside. Systematic Risk Premia strategies have been an area of poor performance with long running statistical relationships breaking down in current market conditions. Sharp spikes in volatility and the speed of asset price reversals have tested many […]

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