Investment Insights

Investment Strategies Primed for Artificial Intelligence
While adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) significantly elevates the operational and strategic facets across the investment management spectrum, specific investment strategies are particularly suitable for leveraging AI's capabilities.
Litigation Finance: A Niche Opportunity for Emerging Managers
Litigation funding is the process whereby investors finance legal cases in exchange for a portion of the settlement or judgment. It allows plaintiffs to pursue legal claims without bearing the upfront costs, which can be substantial. In return, investors access an asset class uncorrelated with other markets.
Investing in Special Situations Using Emerging Managers
Investing in emerging managers who focus on special situations presents a compelling opportunity for sophisticated investors seeking outsized returns. Special situations, or "special sits", refer to investment opportunities arising from specific events that can potentially create shareholder value.
Small-Cap and Micro-Cap Emerging Managers: Seeking Alpha in Inefficient Markets
Investing in microcap and small-cap managers can allow family offices to take make co-investments or work with the manager to acquire sizable stakes in companies, thus allowing for more substantial influence on corporate governance and strategy. 
The Advantages of Emerging Managers for Family Offices

Emerging managers offer unique advantages that can be highly attractive to family offices seeking diversified, higher-return investments. The benefits of emerging managers include accessing niche markets, their agility, better alignment of interests, and the potential for differentiated performance.

The Growing Role of Family Offices for Emerging Managers
One of the most notable trends in family office investing is the growing interest in allocating capital to emerging managers. These family offices recognize that emerging managers often exhibit higher agility, innovation, and drive, which can translate into exceptional investment opportunities. 
The Performance Potential of Underrepresented and Emerging Managers
Investing in underrepresented and emerging fund managers represents a strategic opportunity for institutional investors to tap into unique market insights and potential high-growth opportunities. This approach not only diversifies investment portfolios but also aligns with broader initiatives for social responsibility.
NYC Pensions Boost Investments in Emerging Managers
New York City's pension funds are setting a remarkable precedent by increasing their investment in emerging managers, particularly those owned by minorities and women. This strategic shift follows an impressive track record of emerging managers outperforming traditional benchmarks across various asset classes since 2015.
Weighing the Risks: A Deep Dive into Investing in Private Credit Emerging Managers
In the quest for attractive yields, investors often find themselves exploring the niche world of private credit. Within this space, emerging managers, or small and new firms, often promise enticing opportunities. However, while the allure of diversification and the prospect of high returns are tempting, it is critical to assess the risks these investments carry.
Due Diligence for Emerging Managers: The Crucial Role of Investment Teams
In the realm of investment management, the due diligence process plays a paramount role in identifying competent and reliable emerging managers. We believe that a team's combined experience and cohesion largely determine its potential to successfully manage assets and mitigate risks.
The Challenges Facing Emerging Investment Managers
One of the primary challenges for emerging investment managers is to establish credibility and build trust with potential investors. With limited track records and resources, these managers must find innovative ways to showcase their expertise and differentiate themselves from established players.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ashton Global

Frequently Asked Questions about Ashton Global Emerging Managers (AGEM). We aim to address some of the commonly asked questions regarding the seed capital application process. Generally, our transactions involve permanent capital for the emerging manager.

How to Effectively Engage with Family Offices
Starting an investment fund can be an intense and arduous process. Emerging managers can face a steep learning curve when it comes to navigating relationships with investors, particularly family offices. While family offices can be valuable partners, understanding their priorities and investment goals can be challenging. 
The Rise of Emerging Managers

Investing in emerging managers can provide diversification benefits to an investment portfolio. By adding emerging managers to an investment allocation, investors gain access to a broader range of investment styles and asset classes, potentially reducing portfolio risk and increasing the likelihood of generating uncorrelated returns.

Investing in Emerging Managers
Emerging managers are typically less established and have smaller assets under management than their larger counterparts. This makes them more agile, adaptable, and nimble, allowing them to pivot quickly in response to market changes. Family offices appreciate such flexibility, as they are often more willing to take on risks when presented with unique investment opportunities. 
Investing in Timberland

Timberland is popular for investors looking to diversify their portfolio and it is typically resilient against inflation, due to the stable demand for timber in construction, and the ability of trees to continue growing and gaining value even when harvests are delayed. The global market for saw timber and solid wood product has remained stable even after years of pandemic and major supply chain disruptions. 

Private Credit: An Opportunity Amidst Rising Uncertainty
The turbulent new issue markets are prompting borrowers to pay a premium for certainty of execution in private markets, thereby expanding the opportunity set for investors as larger private credit funds enhance their capacity to underwrite bigger deals.
An Overview of Green Bonds
The structure, risk, and return on green bonds are much like those of traditional bonds. However, these types of bonds are aimed at promoting energy efficiency, pollution prevention, sustainable agriculture, fishery and forestry, the protection of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, clean transportation, and water.
Investing in Emerging Fund Managers
Emerging fund managers can indeed be seen as hidden gems in the investment landscape. Their leaner structure and need to differentiate often lead to innovative and more niche investment strategies. This novel approach allows them to exploit inefficiencies and opportunities that more substantial, less flexible entities might miss.
Four Strategies for Engaging with Institutional Investors
Emerging managers must provide investment opportunities that are clearly differentiated from well-established funds. Institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals diligently search for alternative investments that can produce genuinely different patterns of returns.
Investing in Climate Technologies
An estimated $5.5 trillion of incremental investments will be required by 2050 to achieve net-zero emissions, with $1.6 trillion needed for the energy transition. Median returns for cleantech venture funds have been strong with energy optimization, electric mobility, and energy storage leading the way.