2014 fundraising off to a great start
Fundraising activity started the year with a bang as 23 funds wrapped up their marketing efforts in the first quarter with an aggregate US$21.7 billion, according to data collected by the Institutional Real Estate FundTracker database. It is the highest first quarter total since 2008 when fund sponsors raised US$25 billion. The first quarter 2014 volume dwarfs the totals recorded during the same three-month period in recent years: US$8.1 billion in 2013 and US$11.9 billion in 2012. In addition, the quarterly volume is a strong follow-up to the fourth quarter 2013 total of US$26.8 billion, and it marks the third consecutive quarter that investment managers have raised in excess of US$20 billion.
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