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Nordic investors expect more allocations to alternatives, ESG in next five years

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London:

Global service provider Northern Trust surveyed 50 Nordic institutional investors in Stockholm, and found that 80% of them expect investor allocations to alternative assets to increase within the next five years, with private equity and infrastructure to receive the highest new allocations.

"In the current low growth, low interest rate environment, alternative investments play an increasingly important role for investors looking for higher yield and lower volatility," said Paul Cutts, head of alternative investment services for Northern Trust Global Fund Services across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "This survey confirms that institutional investors are expecting to allocate more to alternative investment funds over the next five years."

Half of them also expect greater focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors within the investment process. A quarter even said that ESG credentials could make or break a deal.

On a related note, in February, global consultancy firm Willis Towers Watson did a survey on ESG and sustainable investment, and said, "it is clear that many (asset managers and asset owners) are now focusing far more on how......................

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