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Real assets to help AUM growth, survey suggests

assets_alternatives_real_assetsAssets under management (AUM) should manage to grow by about 2.5% over the next year led mainly by real assets and infrastructure, a global survey of financial professionals suggests.

The survey, by Natixis Investment Managers, found over half of the 2,700 respondents believed alternatives to be the most attractive asset class in the current environment, particularly as a potential way to generate yield.

Real assets ranked highly with over a third of respondents and infrastructure was also strongly highlighted.

Another finding was that nearly 80% of the financial professionals felt current markets would lead to a high level of active management in portfolios.

Darren Pilbeam, managing director, UK retail and wholesale sales at Natixis IM, said financial professionals were rethinking portfolios to take account of more uncertainty in markets and business.

The study also echoed other reports by signaling continued interest in ESG investment. Nearly a third (29%) said ESG-related investments would be sought over the next year.

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