Asia investors expect to see AuM rise

Investment professionals in Asia expect to see their assets under management (AuM) increase by 2.5% over the coming year, with annualised growth of 13% over the next three years, according to a new survey. The survey by Natixis Investment Managers showed that 67% of respondents globally and 44% in Hong Kong believe that the growth will be driven by new assets from new clients. It also showed that less than half globally (47%) and just 24% in Hong Kong are relying on market returns as a primary growth driver. Natixis polled 2,700 financial professionals in 16 countries as part of the research. The research revealed that 57% of respondents believe that alternatives are more attractive in the current environment compared to 54% globally. “Within alternatives, nearly a third (31% vs 35% globally) surveyed recommended the use of real assets with 25% respondents (34% globally) also seeing the benefits of infrastructure investing,” Natixis said in a statement. When it comes to ESG, just 16% of respondents in Hong Kong said clients were seeking more of these types of investments compared to 29% globally. © 2020 funds global asia

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