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Private market assets: the new funding stream that’s here to stay

Private market assets have transformed the investment landscape in the 14 years since the global financial crisis.

Latest figures show that there is now almost $10tn [1] invested in private markets, in what is becoming a global and ever more diverse asset class.

In this paper, we take a more in-depth look at the drivers behind this extraordinary growth. We’ll also examine the range of investments available, with a particular focus on how the private debt sector is enabling a broader base of institutional clients to meet the investment challenges of a new decade.


[1] Source: McKinsey & Co – total AUM across private markets reached an all-time high of $9.8tn as of June 30 2021 – up from $7.4tn the year before


Please note that articles may contain technical language. For this reason, they may not be suitable for readers without professional investment experience. Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns. Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions). Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.

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