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91% of institutional investors surveyed to maintain or increase their alternative investments

Monday, June 27, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Prior to the pandemic, investment in private assets had been growing among institutions. In 2018 just over three-quarters of institutions invested in private equity (77%), private debt (77%), and infrastructure (76%). In 2021 those numbers have increased to 84%, 81%, and 81% respectively.

Those who are already invested are not likely to dial back their exposure in the next year, as 91% say they will maintain or increase their investments in both private equity and private debt and 97% say the same for infrastructure investments, said the 2022 Natixis Institutional Investor Outlook survey.

Looking across private market sectors, institutional investors call for the best opportunities to include information technology (45%), healthcare (41%), and infrastructure (40%). Unique to the private markets is the infrastructure sector, which will be getting a boost of confidence from the recent infrastructure bill in the US and other key projects globally.

With so many institutions looking to invest, three-quarters of those surveyed said they expect more private debt will be issued in the coming year. The returns are attractive now as even public markets continue to ascend into record territory, but less than half of those surveyed (45%) believe private assets will offer a safe haven in the event of a market correction.

According to the survey, one key reason for the continued focus on private assets is that eight out of ten (78%) instituti......................

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