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Institutional investors adapting more agile strategies in light of market uncertainties

Friday, April 08, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Official institutions across the globe are adapting their investment and operating models to be more agile in the face of challenging investment environment, claimed a new study by State Street entitled, Official Institutions: Transforming to Meet the Needs of a New World."

The global survey of more than 100 official institutions, defined as central banks, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and government pensions, highlights the challenges stemming from an uncertain investment climate. At least 77% of surveyed central banks are most impacted by potentially rising interest rates, while 90% of SWF and government pension fund respondents say an equity market correction will have a moderate or significant impact on their investment strategy over the next three years.

"A volatile investment environment calls for organizational agility and official institutions are learning to adapt and become more agile," said Kevin Wong, senior managing director and head of Sector Solutions for State Street’s Global Services and Global Markets business in Asia Pacific. "They demand strong, flexible investment teams supported by a nimble operating model that help them identify opportunities, manage risk exposure, and take corrective action."

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