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Natixis - Investors remain perplexed by volatility

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Market volatility has been a wake-up call for many US investors whose high return expectations don't accurately reflect their appetite and understanding of risk, particularly when it comes to active and passive investing. According to a new survey released today by Natixis Investment Managers, investors cited market volatility as the biggest threat to their investments this year, and nearly half (47 percent) would be willing to pay a premium for volatility protection. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) are considering new strategies to help diversify their portfolios.

Going into 2019, eight in ten (83 percent) investors said they understand the risks posed by the market. Nearly the same proportion (82 percent) of investors also felt they were prepared for market risks at the start of 2018, although in looking back, only 59 percent say they were actually prepared for last year's downturn. On the heels of one of the most challenging markets in a decade, investors' return expectations grew in the face of losses, but their comfort level for risk is in question.

"The record bull market continues to create a growing disconnect between what investors expect from the market and what is realistically achievable, especially given their aversion to risk," said David Giunta, CEO for the US and Canada at Natixis Investment Managers. "Last year's market volatility was a strong reminder of the importance of professional advice in helping to build di......................

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