Half of BlackRock clients plan to cut equity exposure this year

Institutional investors are most likely to add assets in the areas of private equity, fixed income and property

Jan 7, 2019 @ 10:22 am

By Bloomberg News

Customers of the world's biggest money manager say they will reduce allocation to equities amid rising concerns about a downturn in global growth.

That's the message from BlackRock Inc's annual survey of 230 institutional clients who own $7 trillion in assets globally.

The trend is particularly pronounced in North America, where more than two-thirds of those polled said they plan to dial back on risk.

Private equity, fixed income and property were among the assets most likely to be added to.

Here's the breakdown of the survey, released Monday. Participants were asked, in 2019, how they might revise their mix of assets.

Institutional Investors Say They're Dialing Back Risk
% increase % unchanged % decrease
Equities 14 35 51
Fixed income 38 36 27
Hedge funds 16 66 18
Private equity 47 43 11
Real Estate 40 50 10
Real Assets 54 41 5
Cash 20 65 15
Source: Bloomberg

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