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LPs eye 2021 with cautious optimism

Friday, December 18, 2020

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

New data from Eaton Partners suggests that institutional investors plan to increase their allocations to private funds next year. The latest "Eaton Partners LP Pulse Survey" questioned limited partners (LPs) from around the world, over the past two weeks, about their views on alternative investments heading into 2021.

57% of investors surveyed say they will modestly or significantly increase their private market allocations. The remainder will keep their current allocations. Investors broadly feel that private markets will outperform next year as uncertainty continues to add volatility to the listed market. 76% of those surveyed are banking on private market investments to drive portfolio returns throughout 2021.

A majority of LPs expect private equity to be the source of that outperformance - adding another year to decade long push into the asset class. Data in the report suggests that investors plan to re-up next year as established managers bring new funds to market. Popular strategies include buyouts and venture capital. Real assets and private credit followed behind private equity as the two other areas from which investors expect outperformance.

"We anticipate a strong start to 2021 in fundraising as a result of pent-up demand by institutional investors," said Jeff Eaton, Partner at Eaton Partners. "The fundraising environment is going to be very competitive, where strong track record performance will be paramount. Our......................

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