ING Investment Survey Shows Increasing Risk Appetite Among Institutional Investors
According to a survey by ING Investment Management International of 79 global institutional investors, institutional investors sought riskier investments over a three-month period ending Dec 31st. 56% of institutions increased their risk appetite while only 11% of those said they were looking for less risky investments, down from 18% for the third quarter.
Equity was the most popular asset class with 73% of institutional investors preferring it, up from 64% in the third quarter of 2013. Real estate wasthe second favorite at 45%, up from 34% in the three months ended Sept 30th.
In this survey, only 19% of participants were concerned with the Federal Reserve’s removal of quantitative easing and rising interest rates – which would signify lower systematic risks and a sustainable market recovery. This would explain investment professionals’ passion for equities, especially given the low expected return on fixed income assets.
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