IFAs flocked to 'safer haven' invesments amid uncertainty: 2019 analysis

Coronavirus 'knocked positive momentum'

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IFAs shifted away from UK asset exposure towards global markets in 2019 amid domestic political uncertainty and strong global market momentum, Natixis Investment Managers has found.

Natixis' 2019 portfolio barometer, which analysed more than 50 UK model portfolios, found that advisers surveyed transferred almost 16% of their local allocations to global markets. The investment analysis group saw this as a move to "diversify and hedge against ongoing macro-economic investment risks linked to Brexit and geopolitical uncertainty". The analysis also showed a shift from global equities in favour of fixed income and alternative assets, as IFAs flocked to safer havens for risk-averse investors. Natixis international head of multi-asset portfolio management James Beaum...

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