Financial Services

The ascent of real assets

January 12, 2015

North America

January 12, 2015

North America
Janie Hulse

Senior editor

Janie Hulse is a senior editor with The Economist Intelligence Unit's Thought Leadership team. Before joining the EIU, Janie worked with The Economist Group and other organizations as a freelance correspondent and consultant based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has also held managerial roles in the areas of marketing and research with US global companies and within US Government agencies. She holds a master's degree in economic development from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's in industrial relations from Cornell University.

Why read this report

  • Within the next year, 60% of the institutions surveyed will increase allocations of real assets
  • Motivations like returns and macro-environment considerations are driving real-asset allocations
  • A spike in interest rates might influence investment in real assets; half of the survey respondents say rates will act as a headwind
  • Respondents (30%) plan to increase the number of employees dedicated to real assets in the next year
  • Real estate dominates real-asset allocations-- nearly all survey respondents (96%) say they have some allocation to the sector
  • Infrastructure investments like conservative equity and brownfield projects are widely preferred by investors
  • Emerging-market opportunities are peaking the interest of real asset investors.

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