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Opalesque exclusives: Institutional investors increase private markets allocations

Friday, October 08, 2021

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Institutional investors are sticking with private market allocations despite rising uncertainty over inflation according to a new report from Eaton Partners.

The latest "Eaton Partners LP Pulse Survey" questioned leading limited partners (LPs) from around the world about their views on alternative investments.

According to the survey, approximately 65% of institutional investors are planning to increase private market allocations in 2022. Investment strategies of particular interest include buyouts (44%), venture capital (44%), growth equity (42%), and private credit (40%). A further 71% of investors expect an uptick in fund closings before the end of the year.

Data in the report also suggests that investors are going back to basics. For GPs that hope to be the beneficiaries of increased allocations track record is key. 89% of investors surveyed said that track record was the most important factor. Investment strategy came in second at 62% followed by management team (58%), and fees (36%).

"Institutional investors are laser-focused on the financial performance of fund managers as they look to target and increase their allocations in the private markets. This back-to-basics approach is indicative of an industry adjusting to continued volatility and uncertainty among many external factors," noted Jeff Eaton, Global Co-Head and Managing Director at Eaton Partners.

The survey also indicates the threat of inflation and pot......................

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