Low Expectations for Private Equity in 2010

The private equity sector suffered severely in 2009. The late 2008 financial crisis shaped the year that followed it, constraining institutional investor capital and limiting strategic alternatives. Even with the recovery in public capital markets that occurred, investors in private equity funds remained cautious with their cash, a trend that appears likely to continue into 2010. New capital raised by private equity funds fell 61% from 2008 to 2009, with the deferred effects of the 2008 financial crisis finally coming to bear.

Insurers Will Hike Hedge Fund Holdings in 2010

Insurance companies cut their hedge fund allocations in 2009, but the sting of the financial crisis will wear off next year, when we're likely to see the industry turn back to the sector.