Top 5 AW stories for May

Private equity data analysis process and real assets as a way for investors to escape pandemic-laden markets were the most widely read stories in May.

Indeed, the pandemic fallout is of prime interest to managers and investors alike. COVID-19’s impact on how investors eye closed-end funds, family offices allocate to alternatives and how fund managers communicate was also of great interest to Alternatives Watch readers last month.

Not to be left out are the trends of ESG transparency on the part of managers, many of whom have been challenged to justify how they are truly implementing their aims on all three fronts — environmental, social and governance.

Here is a run down of our five most popular stories in May, in descending order.

5. COVID-19: Communication considerations for fund managers

Michelle Noyes of the Alternative Investment Management Association discusses communications practices for fund managers at this time of economic uncertainty

4. New research shows managers need to be more specific in ESG messaging

While ESG’s popular has swelled, the content created by managers in the last 12 months is still lagging behind the demands investors are making, according to new research from Peregrine Communications, “Making a Difference, Marketing a Difference.”

3. COVID-19’s impact on closed-end alternative investing

Kelly K. DePonte of Probitas Partners discusses insights from the company’s survey on the impact of COVID-19 on alternative investing.

2. Investors embrace real assets as an escape from pandemic-fueled market volatility

As virtual board meetings have led to real investment decisions in recent weeks, the hunger for an unusual set of diverse investments is on the rise, according to Harsh Parikh, principal at PGIM Institutional Advisory & Solutions Real Assets Research Program.

1. Finding the single source of truth in private equity data

Northern Trust’s Kimberly Evans offers insight into how private equity GPs and LPs can capture the full value from their data.

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