Asian managers plot move into alternatives

Alternatives surveyThe popularity of alternative asset classes has not gone unnoticed by Asia Pacific asset managers, which are planning to expand their product ranges to include these types of funds. Of 50 Asia-Pacific asset managers in a survey, 94% said they planned to expand their product range to include private equity funds in the next five years while 80% said the same about real estate funds and 70% said the same about loan or debt funds. “Asset managers are increasingly focused on developing solutions for clients’ more sophisticated needs in the region,” said Mark England, head of asset management and insurance, sector sales, Asia Pacific at State Street, which commissioned the survey. The study also revealed a preference for direct distribution in Asia. The majority (60%) of Asia Pacific managers said they wanted to raise their proportion of direct-to-client sales, as opposed to sales that are intermediated through distributors. Globally, 44% of respondents had a preference for direct-to-client sales. Research firm Oxford Economics produced the Fund Strategy Survey for State Street by polling 250 managers around the world. ©2018 funds global asia

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