Investors are holding fast with their portfolios, with only around 11 per cent making changes in what they describe as “uncertain” markets, according to a survey from BlackRock.
Over half of investors in the survey (353 in total) described markets as “uncertain” but the proportion who were making changes to their portfolios to cope with them fell from 21 per cent six months ago to 11 per cent in May.
Meanwhile, uncertainty about where to invest is causing investors to hold onto cash. Investors also cited a “poor investment environment” as another reason they are sitting on cash.
“However, many investors don’t realize that when you factor in inflation, staying in cash can lead to a deccumulation of assets rather than accumulation of assets over time,” said Frank Porcelli, head of BlackRock’s US retail business.
No clear trend emerged from the survey about where investors were moving assets: roughly equal numbers were moving into and out of equities overall (30 per cent and 36 per cent respectively), as well as emerging markets (38 per cent versus 36 per cent) and alternative investments (20 per cent versus 24 per cent).
Many investor respondents (60 per cent) said that investing for income had become “riskier” over the last five years and that they find it hard to evaluate non-domestic income assets. Advisors meanwhile said that clients tended to think “investing for income” meant “bonds,” according to the advisor survey, and 60 per cent said “clients understand very little about investing for income.” (377 advisors took part in the advisor survey.)