Investors have continued to show their belief in Asian markets as Chinese equities were found to have the most growth potential, with 52% of investors feeling this way, but growth expectations for Asia as a whole remained te same.
The next asset class with most potential, according to investors, was global equities, followed by European equities, gold and commodities.
According to a survey carried out by Schroders, investors had a clear home-country bias. Of those questioned, 44% ranked their own country as the least risky area to invest in followed by Western Europe, 29%, and Asia 21%.
Africa however was ranked the most risk region, with 61% of respondents believing so, followed by the Middle East at 54%.
Schroders found that the current views towards risk and asset classes of the high-net-worth investors surveyed contradicted their future investment intentions in some cases.
So, although 79% of total respondents currently invest in their own country, only 33% ranked it as having the best prospects for growth over the next twelve months.
In particular, 95% and 84% of respondents from the UK and Spain respectively invest domestically at the moment, but only approximately 25% ranked their market as having the best investment prospects over the next 12 months.
Similarly, 38% and 22% of total respondents currently invest in Western Europe and North America respectively, but only 12% and 5% respectively ranked the regions as having the best investment prospects over the next 12 months.
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