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More German institutional investors to increase alternative investment allocations

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

More German institutional investors are planning to allocate to alternative investments especially in private debt in the coming years, with the corporate segment poised to attract the most first-time buyers, said a survey.

The survey of insurers, pension funds, pension schemes, etc. conducted by the country's association for alternative investments BAI revealed that the portfolio allocation between traditional and alternative investments is becoming more and more aligned.

"Even if the decline in traditional investments is noticeably related to the continuing low-interest rate environment, the positive experiences of the last few years also contribute to the significantly increased allocation and an expansion of the range of private market products in particular. One of the core messages of the survey is that German institutional investors are gradually catching up to their international peer group," said the survey.

According to the survey, 18% of respondents plan to enter the corporate private debt over the next three years, 16% infrastructure debt, and 8% real estate debt.

BAI Board Member Andreas Kalusche said: "The survey results exceed our expectations, and significantly so. The average German institutional investor will expand his portfolio allocation in alternative investments from 22 % to 26 % in the next three to five years. This corresponds to an estimated annual growth rate of the entire alternative investments industry ......................

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