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Aimse poll reveals investment ‘Diamonds and Duds’

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The Association of Investment Management Sales Executives, has announced the results of its first annual ‘Diamonds and Duds’ poll.

The Association of Investment Management Sales Executives, has announced the results of its first annual ‘Diamonds and Duds’ poll. The poll asked asset managers and investment consultants in the UK to rank products according to which they believe will grow most over the next five years (diamonds) and those in which they expect to see minimal growth, or even reduction (duds) over the same period.

The results showed some areas of consensus – Libor plus/absolute return, LDI, hedge funds/fund of hedge funds, private equity and high alpha equities appeared in the top six ‘diamonds’ for both managers and consultants.

Of the duds, both consultants and managers believed that there would be minimal growth in traditional balanced management, UK and European equities and European bonds. However, some views differed; for instance on tactical asset allocation where asset managers favoured this area over investment consultants whilst investment consultants voted strongly in favour of growth in the demand for socially responsible investment where managers were more in conclusive.

John Gee-Grant, chairman of Aimse International, comments, ‘While there is general agreement over the growth of LDI and Libor plus funds, it appears that the ‘jury is still out’ for products such as 130/30 and tactical asset allocation.

 It will be interesting to see whether the perception of these products changes over the next 12 months and how asset managers respond to any growth in SRI.’

The poll, managed by Votivation, collected over 500 votes from asset managers and consultants. The results were announced to Aimse members by Aimse’s John Gee-Grant, at the recent annual UK Consultant Conference last week.

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