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Invesco study suggests more sovereign investors will allocate to local private enterprises and to alternatives

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Invesco, a global investment advisor, recently released its first Invesco Global Sovereign Asset Management Study, an analysis of the investment behaviour of sovereign investors across the globe.

Invesco found that an increased allocation to alternatives is indeed a widespread trend; and that "the biggest growth story among global sovereigns today is an increase in a so-called 'public-private partnership’ investment approach." This is when sovereigns seek direct strategic investment in their country’s private companies to support GDP, job creation and skills transfer.

Currently global sovereign flows represent more than $6tln, Invesco notes.

The Invesco Global Sovereign Investor Model, a framework for understanding sovereign investor investment objectives and preferences, bases its segmentation on investment objectives and outlines four key profiles:

1. Investment sovereigns - Investment only (43% of sovereign assets) - those that are focused on international investment with a bias towards international equities, like Middle East funds; 2. Liability sovereigns - Investment and liability (12%) - those with defined or undefined income requirement and liability objectives, like Western pension funds, and which allocate across......................

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