A recent survey conducted by Information Management Network (IMN), global organizers of institutional finance and investment conferences, showed that, while 93.3% of respondents believe market volatility will remain the same or increase in 2012, 87% cited a consistent or increased risk appetite in the next six to 12 months with 62% investing in a variety of alternative assets. Read on for more survey findings. Words: 401
So say the results of a recent survey by Information Management Network (http://www.imn.org), global organizers of institutional finance and investment conferences, as presented in a recent press release.
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In summary, the survey findings are as follows:
- 93.3% believe market volatility will remain the same or increase in 2012
- 87% cited a consistent or increased risk appetite in the next six to 12 months
- 71% feel more prepared to combat exposure now than they did in 2008
- 62% use alternative assets citing a combination of hard assets (48%), hedge funds (36%), private equity (36%), as well as commodity futures, real estate, natural resources, infrastructure and 40 Act funds
- 66% expect that market volatility and global economic conditions will have the greatest impact on portfolio strategy, followed by changing regulatory requirements (11%) and customer demand for control and transparency (5%)
- 54% do not plan to alter exposure to global markets
- 39% actually plan to invest a bigger part of their portfolio internationally
- only 2% plan to decrease global exposure despite the current speculation over the fiscal future of certain European nations.
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Asset allocation is one of the most crucial aspects of building a diversified and sustainable portfolio that not only preserves and grows wealth, but also weathers the twists and turns that ever-changing market conditions can throw at it. However, while the average [financial] advisor or investor spends a great deal of time carefully analyzing and picking the right stocks or sectors, the basic and primary task of asset allocation is often overlooked. [According to research by both Wainwright Economics and Ibbotson Associates and the current Dow:gold ratio, allocating a portion of one’s portfolio to gold and/or silver and/or platinum is imperative to protect and grow one’s financial assets. Let me explain.] Words:1060