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UK Investment Association members' AUM hits $10.7tn

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Assets under management held by Investment Association members reached a milestone of GBP 10 trillion ($10.7tn) in 2021, according to the latest study.

Investment Management Survey, the annual assessment of the state of the industry, revealed that the 6% year-on-year increase comes despite the first quarter lockdown, supply chain disruptions, and growing inflation in the second half of the year, and is a mark of the resilience of the industry, it is below the average growth rate seen over the last ten years.

According to the study, the UK continues to be a leading center for investment management, second only to the United States internationally.

At the end of 2021, total assets managed for overseas clients had risen to 4.6 trillion from 4.2 trillion in 2020. This represents 46% of total assets under management, a nine percentage point increase since 2016, suggesting the UK is becoming increasingly more attractive for overseas investors.

The growth of funds under management with responsible investment criteria was again a standout trend in 2021, rising by 34 billion to 89 billion by the end of the year - a 62% increase. While customers continued to be attracted to sustainable investing, they also continued to turn away from UK equities, as part of a longer-term shift to more globally diversified portfolios.

Funds under management in UK equities have fallen to 13% in 2021, down by 25 percentage points since 2006. Assets ......................

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