By Adam Cadle
The number of UK intermediaries and investment professionals citing the eurozone debt crisis as the biggest global macroeconomic challenge has increased from 84 per cent to 92 per cent, according to the latest Barings Investment Barometer.
The research, conducted among 78 investment professionals, showed that as a result of the crisis 91 per cent of advisers are favourable towards both emerging markets and Asian equities.
Sixty-four per cent have stated that portfolio diversification has become key, with 44 per cent stating that a regular review of investment portfolios is key. Thirty-one per cent said that they had been encouraging investment in multi-asset products.
Barings head of UK retail distribution Rod Aldridge said: “Given the economic uncertainty, it is very encouraging to see that diversification, in which multi asset portfolios play a significant role, remains fundamental to investment professionals’ strategies.
“It is important to be prepared for market changes and developments and a multi asset approach to managing risk is proving to be an effective way to deal with the current challenges.”