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May 13, 2021

Providing loans to companies has historically been one of the main components of commercial banking activity and goes back hundreds of years. Today, private debt comes in many forms, but most commonly involves non-bank institutions making loans to private companies based on the cashflows generated by the respective business, or for the acquisition of a hard asset (eg, real estate) or acquiring existing loans on the secondary market.

Providing loans to companies has historically been one of the main components of commercial banking activity and goes back hundreds of years. Today, private debt comes in many forms, but most commonly involves non-bank institutions making loans to private companies based on cashflows generated by the respective business, or for the acquisition of a hard asset (eg, real estate) or acquiring existing loans on the secondary market.

April 28, 2021

Inflation is in the news again. Many prices are rising even before we can physically get out and spend, and governments are pouring vast amounts into the economy.

Inflation is in the news again. Many prices are rising even before we can physically get out and spend, and governments are pouring vast amounts into the economy.

Whichever side of the inflation debate you are on, it makes sense to assess the impact inflation could have on portfolios. Most of today’s investors have never seen meaningful inflation in the whole of their professional careers. So, as we emerge from lockdowns and pent-up demand meets ongoing supply constraints, we consider how different asset classes might fare if inflation does return.

April 27, 2021

The whole ‘death of the office’ shtick has been subject to many articles over the last six months, but this is not one of them. It is, however, about how offices remain an investable asset, how the perception of offices is changing and why family offices should be looking to acquire them sooner rather than later.

The whole ‘death of the office’ shtick has been subject to many articles over the last six months, but this is not one of them. It is, however, about how offices remain an investable asset, how the perception of offices is changing and why family offices should be looking to acquire them sooner rather than later.

Currently, there is a unique window of opportunity, particularly in the regions, as a large chunk of the institutional and fund investor population is currently sitting on the side-lines.

April 22, 2021

Watch the replay of Amundi’s webinar held on 15 April, 2021 in collaboration with Preqin to hear from Preqin and Amundi experts in real estate on this unique, durable and attractive asset class in Europe. 

Watch the replay of Amundi’s webinar held on 15 April, 2021 in collaboration with Preqin to hear from Preqin and Amundi experts in real estate on this unique, durable and attractive asset class in Europe. 

Hear more from senior investment experts on the market trends and drivers in Europe today. Find out more on how ESG is playing an increasingly important role in the asset-class and learn more on Amundi’s approach and expertise in real estate.

April 21, 2021

In lockdown, I have been watching the blockbuster Deutschland 89. There’s a moment in the hours before the fall of the Berlin Wall when the top-dog commissar considers whether to shoot himself—but a little piece of hemp consoles him with the thought that times of change are times of opportunity, times that bring up new winners.

In lockdown, I have been watching the blockbuster Deutschland 89. There’s a moment in the hours before the fall of the Berlin Wall when the top-dog commissar considers whether to shoot himself—but a little piece of hemp consoles him with the thought that times of change are times of opportunity, times that bring up new winners.

April 15, 2021

The ability of private debt strategies to provide a significant yield premium to traditional assets with a higher level of covenant protection will be discussed when Russell Investments introduces its new Private Markets Income Fund at the virtual Campden Wealth Corporate Member Grill on 20 April.

The ability of private debt strategies to provide a significant yield premium to traditional assets with a higher level of covenant protection will be discussed when Russell Investments introduces its new Private Markets Income Fund at the virtual Campden Wealth Corporate Member Grill on 20 April.

Majid Khan, a director within the Alternative Investments team at Russell Investments, will join the virtual forum and answer questions from global family principals about the fund, as well as the benefits of private debt versus traditional debt assets.

April 13, 2021

Covid-19 did not affect all European commercial real estate in the same way—hotels and non-food retail assets were particularly affected, but leasing activity in logistics was very resilient.

Covid-19 did not affect all European commercial real estate in the same way—hotels and non-food retail assets were particularly affected, but leasing activity in logistics was very resilient.

Amundi’s likely, but not certain, central economic scenario is an increase in global GDP in 2021 however, the recovery may be bumpy, with epidemic outbreaks and lockdown measures through the fourth quarter of 2021.

But what are the opportunities and challenges in real estate for 2021? And what are the overall trends for the asset-class?

March 31, 2021

The death of inflation has been greatly exaggerated. Its return will first scare, then maim, then ruin the traditional balanced portfolios have that served investors well for a generation. Investors need to prepare for a world of greater inflation volatility. And with it a monumental risk—bonds and equities falling in tandem.

The death of inflation has been greatly exaggerated. Its return will first scare, then maim, then ruin the traditional balanced portfolios have that served investors well for a generation. Investors need to prepare for a world of greater inflation volatility. And with it a monumental risk—bonds and equities falling in tandem.

Investors’ great fear

March 27, 2021

James Packer’s Crown Resorts considers $6.2 billion Blackstone bid, Next-gen hotel heir David Marriott to succeed father Bill Marriott, Grosvenor Estate appoints new family office head in management revamp.

James Packer’s Crown Resorts considers $6.2 billion Blackstone bid

Crown Resorts, Australia’s largest casino operator and majority owned by billionaire heir James Packer, is mulling an acquisition offer of $6.2 billion from US private equity giant Blackstone.

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