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Preqin sees great opportunity for service providers in alternative assets

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The world of alternative assets continues to grow and evolve, says Preqin's Service Providers in Alternative Assets report.

As of December 2018, the latest available data, the alternative assets industry has reached a staggering $9.45tn in assets under management (AUM).

Private debt and natural resources have emerged as standalone asset classes in the past five years, growing from $445bn and $395bn as of December 2013 to $749bn and $701bn as of December 2018 respectively.

The industry has also become increasingly global with activity surging in emerging markets such as China, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, said Preqin report.

As the footprint of alternatives has expanded, regulation has increased, technology has advanced and competition has ramped up.

Although the introduction of directives such as AIFMD and BEPS has demanded a greater focus on compliance, regulation can also provide investment opportunity: the recent Opportunity Zone Program in the US offers private real estate investors significant tax benefits.

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities advance, many fund managers and service providers are looking to utilize the value these systems can create. And with more fund managers and investors active in the alternatives market than ever before, participants are facing fierce competition for capital and assets.

"All of which provide a great opportunity for service providers," Pr......................

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