This global study provides insight into private market trends following a year in which industries and economies worldwide were transformed by COVID-19, market volatility, and unprecedented geopolitical events.
Over six weeks leading into 2021, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), supported by Adams Street Partners, surveyed 110 limited partners for their views on a variety of topics, ultimately focused on areas of optimism or concern. Participants included pension funds, institutional accounts, and portfolio managers located in the US, Europe, and Asia.
The findings of this research effort are shared across a variety of media to effectively highlight key findings on geopolitical risk, ESG trends, and the outlook for select strategies, sectors, and geographies. Read on to learn what institutional investors report they need to consider to best seize opportunities in the future.
consider dependency on markets with geopolitical risks as the most important factor when assessing new investment opportunities
believe private markets will continue to outperform public markets in the long run
believe that the return value of an investment can be enhanced by incorporating ESG factors into the decision-making process
believe that funds that start deploying cash following a crisis produce stronger returns than funds that deployed cash in late-cycle, peak economic growth
2020 was a year of profound change that will influence financial markets for years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic hampered economic growth and exacerbated market volatility, and investors are still processing the short- and long-term impacts.
At the same time, trends such as increased digitization and concern about climate change are creating structural shifts which investors must factor into their investment strategy. However, investors are confident that private market assets will continue to offer opportunities for long-term growth.
The report was written by Monica Woodley and edited by Monica Ballesteros of The EIU
Ingrid Albinsson, Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President, The Seventh Swedish National Pension Fund (AP7)
Paul Cavazos, Chief Investment Officer, American Beacon Advisors
Hideya Sadanaga, Senior Managing Partner & Head of Private Equity, Japan Post Bank
Antoon Schneider, Managing Director & Senior Partner in the Principal Investor and Private Equity practice, Boston Consulting Group
David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner, Matrix China
Jeff Diehl, Managing Partner & Head of Investments
Miguel Gonzalo, CFA, Partner & Head of Investment Strategy and Risk Management
Alex Lesch, Partner, Investment Strategy and Risk Management