Our new global study, surveying 700 institutional investors and investment decision-makers, reveals how ETFs are playing a pivotal role in the evolving fixed income landscape. We highlight two key findings below.
Meeting Evolving Liquidity Demands with ETFs
In response to the pressures of the previous low interest rate environment, many institutional investors had increased allocations to non-liquid sources of income, such as private credit.
Assets under management (AUM) in private debt are forecast to reach US$2.69 trillion by 2026, overtaking real estate, according to alternatives data provider Preqin.1 This has reached a point where increasing portfolio liquidity is a top concern across all global survey participants.
Source: State Street Global Advisors, May 2022. Response options included: Integrate ESG considerations; manage effects of inflation/rising rates; greater portfolio liquidity; produce higher portfolio returns; generate reliable, low-risk income; diversify equity/risk exposures. Note: Respondents were allowed to select up to two options. n=700.
Investors in our survey have been largely funding their privately placed allocations from liquid sources such as public fixed income and cash over the past three years (see below).
Source: State Street Global Advisors, May 2022. Note: Respondents were allowed to select all that apply.
However, while the increase in private allocations may have improved investors’ yield and income profiles, it offers much less liquidity compared with a combination of more conventional fixed income, cash, and equities.
Investors in our survey are deploying a range of strategies to manage the increased liquidity risk associated with larger private credit exposure, including the use of fixed income ETFs.
1 2022 Preqin Global Private Debt Report.
Originally Posted Q4 2022 – How ETFs Meet Liquidity Needs and Support In-house Management
Important Risk Discussion
In partnership with FT Longitude, a Financial Times company. This survey was conducted in May of 2022 via an online survey instrument (n=700) and telephone interviews (n=5). Respondents were limited to senior leaders and senior portfolio managers who are directly involved in fixed income portfolio construction and investment decisions at pension funds, wealth managers, asset managers, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds.
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