Survey reveals global confidence but scepticism in Asia

Nearly half of fund managers and investors felt they had a better year in 2016 despite geopolitical headwinds, a survey revealed, although there was discrepancy depending on where they were based.

Augentius, a private equity fund administrator, found that 40% of respondents to its survey globally reported a better year in terms of market climate, and 43% thought 2017 would be even better.

However in Asia, the story was very different: 55% thought 2016 was less positive than 2015, and only 30% thought 2017 will be better.

The firm revealed diverse views on 2017. Asian managers had concerns about fund raising due to Brexit and European elections this year.

Others felt the election of Donald Trump may result in a more inward-looking US, making fundraising and investment harder for Asian managers. Indeed 60% thought the US election would make investment or fundraising harder.

These views were not, however, reflected by managers from the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where neither Brexit, the US elections, or European elections were perceived to have any major effect on investment strategy or opportunities.

Furthermore, over 60% of managers from the Americas believed that 2017 will be better than 2016.

The survey also found political changes of 2016 and 2017 seemed to have had little effect on Investor thinking, although some were anticipating an increased investment into US funds and others were more wary of pan-European funds given political change.

©2017 funds europe

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