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Wealth Managers’ Geographic Perceptions of Alternative Investment Opportunities

by Claire McNeil

  • 31 Jul 2012
  • PE
  • HF
  • INF

In a recent survey wealth managers actively investing in alternative assets were asked to rank their views toward alternative investments in terms of geography. The majority of respondents thought that Asia and North America would present attractive investment opportunities over the next 12 months, with 58% and 50% of wealth managers naming these regions respectively. Nineteen percent of wealth managers viewed the Middle East as the region with the least potential for alternative investment opportunities over the next 12 months, though 32% of respondents cited infrastructure as a potential investment opportunity in this area. In contrast, South America was named as presenting attractive investment opportunities across all alternative assets by just over one-third of wealth managers. Within South America the infrastructure asset class was particularly popular, with 53% of wealth managers naming it as a potential investment opportunity over the next 12 months.

Just over one-quarter of wealth managers surveyed viewed Europe as an attractive destination for investment over the next 12 months. Among these respondents, private equity was the most frequently named as an attractive investment opportunity (38%). The infrastructure asset class was perceived as less attractive, with only 11% of respondents selecting it as presenting investment opportunities.  North America was also cited by only 11% of respondents as presenting infrastructure investment opportunities, but hedge funds and private equity opportunities were viewed by respondents as far more attractive in the region, with 71% and 70% naming them respectively.

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