Over half of IFAs would prefer to recommend structured products linked to property markets, rather than other areas including hedge funds and commodities.
Barclays Wealth surveyed 180 advisers and found 57% would endorse a product linked to commercial or real estate property performance, in the UK and globally.
“Property clearly remains an important and popular asset class among intermediaries but it seems that they are increasingly keen to ensure their clients are protected in the event of a downturn or crash,” Barclays Wealth director Colin Dickie says.
The survey, which did not offer an equities option, showed UK commercial property received 16% of the vote, while 13% would consider a product linked to UK real estate.
Hedge funds and ‘soft’ commodities, such as oil, had 5% each while 7% preferred ‘hard’ commodities like copper and zinc.
“Products linked to commodities and hedge funds are far less popular, which I suspect reflects many advisers’ reluctance to recommend those asset classes, whether their exposure is protected or not,” Dickie says.
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