From West to East: Gauging Institutional Investor Attitudes to Asia

The EIU’s report assesses the appetite among international investment managers to deepen their exposure to the Asia-Pacific region. The overall trend among the investors surveyed is to increase their allocation to Asian markets.

As the world emerges from the worst financial crisis for more than a generation, a shift in economic power from West to East is gathering pace. With many developed countries weighed down with debt and facing years of sluggish growth, corporations and portfolio investors are looking to the dynamic markets of emerging Asia as one of the most promising sources of long-term growth.
Key findings include:
  • Allocations to Asia are set to increase on confidence in Asia’s long-term growth potential.
  • Investing in Asia is seen as risky, but balanced by potential rewards.
  • Uncertainty about institutional expertise in Asia does not necessarily equal caution.
  • Concerns linger about transparency and the quality of regulation.
  • Asian financial centres are unlikely to overtake New York or London in the foreseeable future.


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