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Investors eye multi-asset strategies

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Next year could be shaping up to be a big year for multi-asset funds. According to a recent survey conducted by Insight Investments, institutional investors are planning to increase allocations to active managers and are interested in multi-asset strategies. Investors see multi-asset as a way to hedge out possible market risks and position portfolios for the long-term.

67% of investors surveyed said they already have a meaningful allocation to multi-asset strategies and another 19% indicated interest in evaluating multi-asset managers for future mandates.

As the popularity of multi-asset strategies increases it will be important, however, for investors to be disciplined in how they evaluate managers. The survey noted that most investors use an average of 3 different benchmarks to evaluate multi-asset strategies. Investors hope that by using multiple measuring sticks they can get a clearer view of their exposure, but there are risks to this approach. Using multiple benchmarks "runs the risk of investors losing sight of the primary goal and benchmark, potentially leading to disappointment, managers straying away from their core processes or managers cherry-picking results that present them in a favorable but ultimately misleading light," survey authors write.

Data in the report also shows that investors a......................

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