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- March 1, 2014: Vol. 26, Number 3

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Investors gravitate toward real assets in 2014

by Reg Clodfelter

Amid fears of rising interest rates, investors are increasingly viewing real assets as the real deal going forward.

In 2014, real assets are expected to represent 14 percent of investment consultants’ new search activity, more than doubling the level from 2013, according to the 2014 Global Investor Survey from eVestment and Casey Quirk.

“Real assets are perhaps the most in-demand asset class that we captured in a forward-looking basis,” says Jeffrey Levi, director at Casey Quirk.

The rising interest rate environment is most likely the biggest factor driving investors to real assets, which are seen as a hedge against rising interest rates. Of the more than 200 survey participants, an average of 53 percent cited rising interest rates as a major concern in 2014.

The survey further indicated that investors are

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