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Comfort with China exceeds $1 trillion

Comfort with China exceeds $1 trillion

At the turn of the century, investing in China was viewed as a risky proposition. Foreign access to a notoriously volatile, retail-driven equity market was heavily restricted. The lack of a credible regulatory framework and legal protections deterred US venture capitalists from making direct investments in Chinese companies. In many cases, Chinese banks and the country’s fledgling private equity industry also balked. So, when Chinese technology firm Alibaba received its first $25 million investment from Goldman Sachs in 1999, investors sat up and took notice.

Quant Insights: Mutual funds data and strategies

Quant Insights: Mutual funds data and strategies

Join our Quants Corner MeetUp group, hosted by Quants for Quants. Our first MeetUp, ‘Quant in a cold climate: Talk mutual fund data and strategies for a post-QE world with the EPFR team,’ will be hosted virtually on March 31st at 12PM EST/ 5PM GMT for our Boston and London Quants Corner groups.

Quants Corner: Out with the old, in with the other

Quants Corner: Out with the old, in with the other

In the financial world, the search for the ‘new normal’ started in the aftermath the great financial crisis as central banks unleashed unprecedented levels of quantitative easing on global asset markets. Among hedge funds, those offering established strategies – long/short, commodity trading, multi-strategy – have seen modest asset growth over the past decade while those offering something different have fared much better.

Quant Insights: Pace of green – One fund steals march ESG

Quant Insights: Pace of green – One fund steals march ESG

It’s amazing how much money one fund can gather when it hits a sweet spot. Last month, money poured into the Mexican ESG category, continuing a strong run that started in August last year, according to EPFR data. But all these flows were driven by just one exchange-traded fund (ETF) – iShares ESG MSCI Mexico.