As the global economy emerges from an unprecedented shutdown, both policymakers and investors are operating in uncharted territory. To better understand investor strategies during this important transitional period, we interviewed approximately 500 institutional investors around the world about their portfolios, allocations and views on markets, gold and other individual asset classes.
The results from the study show that, in addition to the now decade-old quest to meet return targets in a low-yield environment, institutional investors face a new set of challenges as they position portfolios for the post-COVID-19 period. Among the most important: the need to protect their portfolios from mounting inflationary risks.
Growing demand for inflation-hedging tools is helping drive an expansion of institutional allocations to gold, which institutional investors also view as a valuable source of portfolio diversification and potential long-term, risk-adjusted return enhancement.
Conducted by Coalition Greenwich (formerly Greenwich Associates) in partnership with the World Gold Council, this study queried nearly 500 institutional investors across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, examining shifting allocation priorities and strategies (gold and broader asset classes as investors face an unprecedented global reset).