Global inflation is accelerating, with central banks responding with rapid increases in interest rates as exemplified by the Federal Reserve raising interest rates by 0.75% in June – the biggest single increase for 28 years with clear signals that further rate increases were on the way.
The combination of inflation and interest rate rises is increasing the problems for the fixed income market and has led to further deterioration in the performance of bonds.
That in turn is putting pressure on institutional investors and spurring them to look for alternatives. We conducted a survey through market research company Pureprofile with pension funds and other institutional investors across the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland who collectively have around $437 billion in assets under management to canvass their views on the current market and the future.
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