Opalesque Gulf Roundtable: Gulf-based Sovereign Wealth Funds, Family Offices increasingly interested in alternative investments
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According to a recent estimate from the SWF Institute, the total assets under management of all Sovereign Wealth Funds globally have now crossed USD $5 trillion. While most of them are active in the fixed income and equity space which they manage internally and externally through specialized portfolio managers, going forward we will see increasing interest for alternative investments from these players.
Their need for diversification, increased yield in the current low interest rate environment, increasing sophistication, together with the fact that they are uniquely placed to deploy long term capital, makes them well placed to continue and increase their investment programs in infrastructure, private equity, hedge funds and real estate.
When international investors come to the region, their initial focus often seems to be the UAE and Qatar. These are good entry points into the regional markets, but according to the participants of the inaugural Opalesque Gulf Roundtable, people should not overlook the larger market, Saudi Arabia.
In addition, a number of family offices are operating from the Gulf, often from the financial free zones like the DIFC. Of course, these family offices and sovereign wealth funds such as Mubadala, ADIA, ADIC, QIA, Qatari Diar, PIF are continually looking at investment opportunities globally, but also the nascent domestic asset management industry is growing stronger each day.
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