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Manager Intelligence and Market Trends
bfinance’s quarterly report in November 2022: read the team’s latest insights on institutional investor activity, risk appetite, market developments and asset manager performance across all major asset classes.
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Continuing declines in equity and bond markets have put diversification under a spotlight as the classic 60:40 model portfolio loses a fifth of its value year-todate. Investors must not only re-evaluate strategy but do so in the context of secular macroeconomic shifts that have created an unprecedented investment environment.
The bfinance Risk Aversion Index continues to creep upwards, while multi-asset managers cut equity allocations to a ten-year low. The average allocation to equities among multi-asset managers was around 28% at the end of Q3.
Demand for private market strategies has remained extremely strong: even though the effects of macroeconomic headwinds are now becoming more apparent, investors anticipate strong upcoming vintages. The illiquid asset classes—private equity, infrastructure, real estate and particularly private debt—represent an increasing proportion of new manager searches from bfinance clients, as shown on page 4.
‘Divergent’ alternative investment strategies such as global macro hedge funds and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) continue to deliver strong performance in 2022, providing resilience amid bond and equity market declines. We are yet to see a significant uptick in manager searches in this space, but expect to see robust appetite as investors consider their overall portfolio strategy over the coming years. The 2022 performance figures may also encourage a revival in demand for Alternative Risk Premia strategies.
Within equities and fixed income, we see strong demand for emerging market strategies: nearly half of all new manager searches in fixed income for the twelve months to September 30th have targeted emerging market debt, up from 22%.
Investors are paying extremely close attention to active manager performance in a period of market difficulty. Within equities, managers with ‘growth’ styles enjoyed a stronger Q3 but are still well behind year-to-date, while EM equity managers outperformed the index—often driven by underexposure to China.
Each quarter, bfinance publishes information on investor activity, key market trends and manager performance. A quarterly snapshot of the key developments within equity, fixed income and alternative investments, including analysis of which asset manager groups performed well and which didn't.
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This commentary is for institutional investors classified as Professional Clients as per FCA handbook rules COBS 3.5R. It does not constitute investment research, a financial promotion or a recommendation of any instrument, strategy or provider. The accuracy of information obtained from third parties has not been independently verified. Opinions not guarantees: the findings and opinions expressed herein are the intellectual property of bfinance and are subject to change; they are not intended to convey any guarantees as to the future performance of the investment products, asset classes, or capital markets discussed. The value of investments can go down as well as up.
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