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Emerging technologies, defensive investment strategy on top asset owners' minds: State Street

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Nearly half (48%) of the institutional investors surveyed identified emerging technology as a top enabler of growth over the next five years, revealed a study.

According to a new research from State Street, the participants identified blockchain, artificial intelligence and other technological developments as key to driving their organisation's growth, a dramatic increase from the 18% of respondents who did so in 2017.

The global survey, titled 'New Routes to Growt'h, also found that institutions want to improve their ability to extract better insights from data, with 58% of respondents naming this as a key focus area.

Strengthening risk analytics was cited by 43% of respondents as a top outcome that their technology must deliver over the next year, said the report which surveyed more than 500 global asset managers, asset owners and insurance companies to understand the challenges they face in achieving their growth objectives.

The survey also revealed that more than two-thirds (68%) of institutional investors are concerned about their ability to hit their growth objectives within the current market environment.

72% of asset owners expect to adopt a more defensive investment strategy going forward and the same percentage of asset managers will slow their plans for expansion over the next five years.

"As this survey further demonstrates, the investment industry is in the midst of unprecedented change," said Liz ......................

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