The Schroders Global Investor Study takes place at a time when financial markets are – potentially – at a turning point, moving from widespread expectation of deflation, to one where inflationary pressures are starting to re-emerge. The ability to beat inflation is increasingly weighing on the minds of institutional investors.
This is focusing attention on generating long-term real return, with short-term income and liquidity of relatively low importance. In this respect, the era of relative returns is waning, with investment outcomes now a greater priority. Multi-asset and smart beta options are gaining momentum as a clearer way to achieve these outcomes.
The Study also finds that institutional investors are leading the charge on ESG issues, which are becoming a more important factor in investment strategies. Investors are taking a closer look at their investments' ESG impact and becoming willing to sell investments for transgressions.
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