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Unlisted natural resources assets under management have grown fourfold to reach $668bn in 2018

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

As natural resources market grows in leaps and bounds, unlisted natural resources assets under management have grown fourfold since 2009.

According to 2019 Preqin Global Natural Resources Report, the unlisted natural resources market has grown tremendously over the past decade, as the ecosystem of fund managers and investors has expanded.

Assets under management have also grown rapidly, rising from $175bn at the end of 2009 to $668bn as at June 2018.

The industry has the potential to grow further in the coming years: while energy funds currently dominate activity, other strategies offer investors non-correlated returns and portfolio diversification - the primary reasons that most investors cite as advantages of natural resources funds.

"Natural resources is one of the smallest asset classes in the private capital world, but it is growing quickly. A flood of new entrants entering the industry has helped drive incredible growth in assets under management over the last decade or so," said Patrick Adefuye, Head of Real Assets.

He added: "Investors continue to be drawn to the asset class primarily for its diversification and inflation hedging advantages, even though absolute returns have been relatively lacklustre."

Key tends in natural resources:

• Unlisted natural resources assets under management has grown from $175bn at the end of 2009 to $668bn in June 2018.

• Asset growth has been spurred by a large nu......................

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