When asked to select the most compelling trends driving global economies and the consequent investment landscape over the next 30 years, institutional investors overwhelmingly cited an aging population as the most significant trend with nearly eight in ten (78%) selecting the demographic shift, according to a new poll. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning ranked second (69%), followed closely by the impact of climate change (66%).
Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, in partnership with Mercury Capital Advisors, a leading institutional capital raising and investment advisory enterprise, IMD Business School and ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, today launched the results of a new study, "What's Next? Investment Trends for the Future." The poll explores institutional investors' sentiment and allocations regarding the most pressing economic trends that are expected to shape the global economy over the next three decades.
"As responsible stewards of capital, institutional investors recognize and have started planning accordingly for the market forces that will influence investment portfolios and society in the years to come," said Rishi Kapoor, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp. "Identifying opportunities aligned with super-secular trends is one part of the process. Allocating across the right markets, asset classes and time horizons is also critical, especially during periods of economic and geopolitical uncertainties. In the last decade, we have seen investors increasingly seek exposure to private markets as an optimal channel for tapping long-term trends as part of a diversified investment strategy. The findings from our poll support the thesis that this dynamic shall continue and we will of course look to capture many of these trends as we seek to drive long-term value creation for our investors."
Other popular trends were urbanization and smart cities (selected by 42%) and redefining global trade (40%). Figure 1 shows the ten trends ranked in the order of importance, as selected by respondents.
Timing of Predicted "Peak" Investment Period Influenced by Seniority
The survey also found clear differences of opinion between senior and junior professionals related to the timing of trend peaks. In fact, senior-level investor professionals believe that each of the ten trends will peak earlier than their younger, junior-level counterparts, with the highest disparity of nine years noted for urbanization and smart cities.
"The data shows that those who drive the investments can have a very different opinion to those who act," said IMD Professor Arturo Bris. "My colleague, Professor Jennifer Jordan, sees a variety of companies creating 'shadow boards' consisting of non-executive employees working alongside senior executives on strategic initiatives. This leverages the younger groups' insights, diversifies the perspectives that executives are exposed to, and provides future leaders with invaluable experience."
A longer time horizon of a trend's predicted peak also correlated with higher private markets allocations. The top four trends, each with a median predicted peak beyond 2030 allocated just 20-26% to public securities, while redefining global trade, with a predicted peak in less than five years, had a 43% allocation to public markets.
Alan Pardee, Managing Partner at Mercury Capital Advisors, added: "The longer time horizons associated with private market investing compared to public markets is a key advantage for investing in mega-trends as each of these themes, notwithstanding redefining global trade, were all predicted to peak in 10 or more years."
Methodology: The "What's Next? Investment Trends for the Future" study was commissioned by Investcorp, respondents were approached by Mercury Capital Advisors, and the data was collected and analyzed by IMD Business School, to investigate key trends that investors believe would shape the global economy over the next 30 years, and how they would seek to gain exposure to these trends within their investment portfolios. The survey received responses from 185 investors representing more than US $10 trillion in AUM across a range of institution types including: pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments, insurance companies, consultants, funds of funds and family offices. Approximately 60% of the respondents were senior executives at their organizations, identifying themselves as CIOs, heads of investment groups, managing directors and partners. Two thirds (66%) of survey participants managed portfolios with an alternative/private markets tilt, with the remainder (34%) having a traditional/public market tilt.
About IMD Business School
At IMD, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society. We are an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, established by business leaders for business leaders.
Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we deliver Real Learning Real Impact through a unique combination of teaching, research, coaching and advisory services. Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we are the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations.
Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the top five for executive education worldwide for 15 years and in the top three for the last eight years (Financial Times). IMD is the only Swiss business school and one of less than a hundred globally to hold the coveted "triple crown" of accreditations from AACSB, EFMD EQUIS and AMBA, the gold standard for global best practice.
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Investcorp is a leading global manager of alternative investments. Led by a new vision, Investcorp has embarked on an ambitious, albeit prudent, growth strategy. The Firm continues to focus on generating value through a disciplined investment approach in six lines of business: private equity, real estate, absolute return investments, infrastructure, credit management and strategic capital.
As at June 30, 2019, the Investcorp Group had $28.2 billion in total AUM, including assets managed by third party managers and assets subject to a non-discretionary advisory mandate where Investcorp receives fees calculated on the basis of AUM.
Since its inception in 1982, Investcorp has made over 185 Private Equity deals in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa region and Asia, across a range of sectors including retail and consumer products, technology, business services and industrials, and more than 650 commercial and residential real estate investments in the US and Europe, for in excess of $60 billion in transaction value.
Investcorp employs approximately 430 people across its offices in New York, London, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, Mumbai and Singapore. For further information, including our most recent periodic financial statements, which details our assets under management, please visit: www.investcorp.com
Established in 1998, ICR partners with companies to execute strategic communications and advisory programs that achieve business goals, build awareness and credibility, and enhance long-term enterprise value. The firm's highly-differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to more than 650 clients in approximately 20 industries. ICR's healthcare practice operates under the Westwicke brand (www.westwicke.com). Today, ICR is one of the largest and most experienced independent communications and advisory firms in North America, maintaining offices in New York, Norwalk, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, San Diego and Beijing. ICR also advises on capital markets transactions through ICR Capital, LLC. Learn more at http://www.icr.com
About Mercury Capital Advisors
Since 2003, professionals at Mercury Capital Advisors Group, LP have executed more than 100 mandates, raising in excess of $170 billion from pre-eminent institutional investors spanning the globe. The firm has 14 offices through its affiliates and distribution partners in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. www.mercurycapitaladvisors.com
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