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Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds, Q2 2017 Jul 2017
Despite an ongoing period of performance scrutiny, hedge funds have continued to post positive returns in Q2 2017. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark was above water in April, May and June, adding 1.56% over the quarter, and taking the year-to-date return (+4.86%) to its highest level in the first six months of a year since 2009. In comparison to 2016, 2017 sees hedge funds taking a more specialized geographic approach, a trend that may have a lasting effect on the hedge fund landscape as a whole going forward.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q2 2017 Jul 2017
After the closure of the largest ever infrastructure fund in Q1 2017, fundraising lost momentum in Q2: 11 funds secured just $5.3bn. However, the growing opportunity for mega funds in the market has meant that the proportion of investors planning to commit $500mn or more to infrastructure funds in the next 12 months has increased. So far this year, infrastructure funds have been more successful in meeting their fundraising targets than in recent years. In addition, as in previous years, investors remain focused on the renewable energy sector, which accounts for the largest proportion of deals.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Natural Resources, Q2 2017 Jul 2017
The natural resources sector continued to face fundraising challenges in Q2 2017. Half of all unlisted natural resources funds closed in H1 2017 failed to reach their initial target size. Despite this, the number of funds seeking capital has stayed relatively level since the start of 2017. IRRs of recent vintage energy strategies continue to outperform those of the wider natural resources industry, and with 2014 energy funds in particular currently posting similar IRRs to real estate strategies of the same vintage, there are reasons to remain positive about the asset class.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity & Venture Capital, Q2 2017 Jul 2017
In the past quarter, 206 funds have reached a final close, raising an aggregate $121bn, continuing an almost unprecedented sustained period of strong fundraising. The fundraising landscape remains highly competitive, with buyout funds experiencing a particularly successful quarter. There are still concerns over the record dry powder levels  and high entry prices for assets, but the success of buyout and venture capital deals in Q2 has provided a reason for positivity.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Debt, Q2 2017 Jul 2017
The momentum seen in private debt fundraising at the end of 2016 has slowed over Q2 2017: 28 funds closed, securing an aggregate $16bn in capital commitments globally – down from $26bn in Q1 2017. Near-record levels of dry powder could be putting pressure on the fundraising market, with distressed debt funds harbouring the most available capital of any strategy. With the addition of private debt deals to Preqin’s platform, this Quarterly Update now contains industry and geographic breakdowns for private lending transactions. 
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