Thought Leadership

Adding return and lowering risk with private assets

Duncan Lamont, Head of Research and Analytics, discusses the potential benefits of investing in private assets.

19/10/2018

Duncan Lamont

Duncan Lamont

Head of Research and Analytics

Private assets have been popular with endowments and official institutions, such as sovereign wealth funds and government pension plans, for some time.

However, many  of these investors are looking to expand into new areas and other institutional investors are increasingly drawn to this space, attracted by the potentially for higher returns, lower risk and diversification benefits.

Our survey of 650 global institutional investors found that average allocations to private assets are expected to increase above 13% in 2018, with growth across all major investor types and regions.

As well as the strategic attractions of private assets, our paper on “Adding return and lowering risk with private assets” also addresses current market conditions.

Our in-depth research covers the main categories of private equity and debt, real estate equity and debt, and infrastructure equity and debt, contrasting their characteristics with traditional equity and bond investments.

As well as the return side we also deal with the thorny issue of risk and whether traditional concepts like volatility really have much meaning when it comes to private assets. Our hope is that this paper should serve as a useful companion for both novice and more experienced investors.

Read the full report: Adding return and lowering risk with private assets

Read the summary: Adding return and lowering risk with private assets