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German institutional investors to boost investments in alternative investment funds

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

83 percent of the surveyed investors intend to step up their activities in alternative investment funds (AIFs), said a research.

Of these 70 percent plan to increase their investments in infrastructure funds, a mere 3 percent intend to scale down their activities, according to a recent survey by the research institute V.E.R.S. Leipzig and Commerz Real.

The situation with real estate is very similar. About half also plan to expand their investment in funds for renewable energies. Even in the event of a sudden and large increase in interest rates, a mere 10 percent would reduce their equity capital investments in AIFs for real estate, infrastructure and renewable energies.

"Whereas real estate has long been an established investment vehicle for institutional investors, in the meantime these investors are placing their trust in infrastructure investments and investments in renewable energies," explains Johannes Anschott, the member of the board of Commerz Real responsible for products for institutional investors.

Germany - preferred investment target across all asset classes

The survey among top 20 German insurers and ten pension funds revealed that Germany is the preferred investment target across all asset classes.

In terms of the preferred country allocation there are considerable differences between the asset classes. While the focus with real estate is on Germany for 78 percent of the investment capital, in the c......................

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