State Funds Focus on Alternative Assets, Ex-KIC Official Says – Bloomberg 10-18-12

Salient to Investors:

Investors are growing wary of publicly traded securities as interest rate cuts at central banks helped inject liquidity into markets, bolstering bonds and stocks.

Scott Kalb at KLTI Advisors said:

  • Sovereign wealth funds are increasing their allocations to alternatives
  • Institutional investors are focusing on hedge funds and private equity, with real estate and infrastructure being the preferred asset classes.
  • Real estate is attractive because it is bottoming in the US, infrastructure is low, and there is a lot of demand.
  • Sovereign wealth funds, being long-term investors, will keep investing in emerging market assets as the prospects for those economies remain strong.
  • When investing in emerging economies, the portfolio should comprise all major asset classes – private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt, equity and commodities.

Joyce Shapiro at Franklin Templeton Investments said institutional investors may double the proportion of infrastructure investments in their portfolios within 5 to 10 years.

Read the full article at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-18/state-funds-focus-on-alternative-assets-ex-kic-official-says.html