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Institutional investors optimistic about growth prospects 2022

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Investors are feeling confident in their strategies to counter potential rising inflation, interest rate hikes, and higher stock, bond, and currency volatility, according to a new survey.

"Institutional investors are heading confidently into 2022, armed with tactical allocation moves to counter their expectation of rising rates, lingering inflation, and higher stock and bond market volatility," said the survey by Natixis Investment Managers.

Natixis IM surveyed 500 institutional investors who collectively manage $13.2 trillion in assets for public and private pensions, insurers, foundations, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds around the world. They are facing 2022 with confidence despite the travails of the pandemic, Natixis said.

The global survey included responses from nearly 100 institutional investors in the United States, who collectively manage $1.3 trillion in assets.

Inflation ranks as institutional investors' top portfolio risk concern in 2022 though most (61%) think the current spike in inflation is temporary. In the U.S., a greater number of institutions (61%) see inflation as a more secular trend that will play out gradually over time.

The presence of real inflation for the first time in over a decade, coupled with expectations by 48% of institutional investors of a full economic recovery from COVID disruptions next year, may explain why 73% of institutions, including 83% in the U.S., expect policymakers to raise......................

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