In a climate of lower interest rates and elevated valuations, investors need their assets to work harder. A traditional mix of equity and bonds may not deliver adequate portfolio diversification nor allow effective targeting of liabilities. Building alternative sources of return into a portfolio can help, potentially improving overall returns, creating greater stability and allowing better risk targeting.
Private assets such as infrastructure, private equity, private debt and real estate can be difficult to access, but often offer attractive income or capital growth characteristics.
However they are not without challenges: there may be high minimum investment requirements, and they can be complex and illiquid. Investments may require significant due diligence and may not have the same transparency as publicly-traded assets. Investors usually receive a premium for taking on these risks, but need to manage them effectively in their portfolios.
We’ve been involved in the world of private assets for over 160 years. We helped finance the improvement of Cuba’s rail network in 1853 and the construction of Japan’s first railway between Tokyo and Yokohama.
Today, Schroders has the scale to operate effectively in the private assets market. We are big enough to have deep resources and skills, but small enough in these asset classes to be able to access opportunities that others may be less able to exploit.
Our teams consist of investment experts with detailed, specialist knowledge of their specific area of the private assets landscape. Our investment proposition is based on high quality analysis, awareness of megatrends and the use of data and technology to enhance our decisions. Our global research platform enables us to source ideas from around the world and the ESG (environmental, sustainability and governance) insight from our Sustainable Investment Team is vital in areas where there may not be high levels of public scrutiny.
We are one of a handful of companies with a truly diverse range of capabilities across the private assets landscape. We work collaboratively with our clients to access opportunities, long-term trends and themes that are not available via mainstream routes.
For larger institutions we are capable of providing highly customised solutions and advice to meet specific objectives.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated.
The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amounts originally invested. Exchange rate changes may cause the value of any overseas investments to rise or fall.
Alternatives can be more volatile than shares and bonds, and it may be harder to cash in the investment at short notice.
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