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60% of European investors plan to increase alternative investments by 2018-end: Study

Friday, September 14, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

A latest study showed that 72% of European investors are optimistic about the future of the alternative asset management industry, with more than half (60%) planning to increase their net positions in alternative investments by the end of 2018.

European institutional allocators continue to invest in alternative investments in heavy numbers, according to the latest Context Allocator Trends Report produced by Context Capital Partners.

Among the most talked about alternative investments for European investors in 2018 are ESG and crypto strategies. The data revealed that 43% of European investors already have ESG as part of their overall investment strategy, and 59% plan to increase their allocation to ESG- or impact-related funds this year.

Meanwhile, even though cryptocurrencies garnered a lot of attention for their rapid growth and underlying technology, European investors remained skeptical that they could fit into a part of their investment portfolio, with just 5% of allocators currently invested in crypto funds and less than 3% planning to allocate to crypto funds for the remainder of 2018.

Ron Biscardi, CEO of Context Capital Partners said: "Despite continued geopolitical uncertainty in Europe over the past 12 months, European institutional investors and family offices continue to seek diversification through alternative investments."

He added that though a lot has happened over the course of the year, but European allocator......................

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