State Street Private Markets Survey Finds Macro Challenges Not Dampening Demand; Public To Private Shift Set To Grow Further

Infrastructure and private debt remain the top private market asset classes over the next 1-2 years; roughly half of respondents see “strong demand” for private market assets among retail and DC investors

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) today released the results of its third annual private markets survey1, which explores the allocations of 480 institutional investors including traditional asset managers, private market managers, insurance companies, and asset owners across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


The survey reveals that the rotation from public to private assets within portfolio allocations will grow further in the coming years. Over a third of institutions (36%) have already allocated more than 50% of their portfolio to private markets, and this is set to grow to 41% of institutions doing so over the next three to five years. Over half of institutions (59%) have already allocated 30% or more to private markets, and this is expected to grow to 71% by 2028.

Infrastructure and private debt are the most attractive asset classes, with 71% of institutional investors expecting to increase allocation to each over the next one to two years. However, longer term private equity is set to return to favor, with almost three quarters (73%) of investors planning to increase allocations to the asset over the next three to five years. Investors intend to decrease allocation in public markets to meet increased demand for private exposure.

“The great rotation from public to private markets is not slowing down, with investors set to allocate more to private assets than ever before,” said Donna Milrod, executive vice president and chief product officer at State Street. “This increasingly sophisticated private market universe means the current economic environment, coupled with investors’ desire for wider, more diverse avenues of capital, is making private markets attractive now and for the foreseeable future.”

In the near term, challenging economic conditions will remain

The majority of respondents (61%) believe that inflation has peaked in their local markets, but most do not believe it will fall back within their local central banks’ target range over the next two years. Most respondents (58%) are finding that macro challenges are making fundraising difficult, which is leading to delays of three months to a year or more. In response, institutions are increasing their diversification, investment in risk management, and reducing risk exposure with 43% exploring fresh market niches, 38% enhancing risk management processes, and 34% reducing risk to protect against downside.

“Overall, while demand for private market assets continues to grow, investors are also experiencing a tightening supply of quality deals and express that borrowing costs can be an issue for them,” said Scott Carpenter, global head of Private Markets & Credit at State Street. “Central bank decisions on rates and the state of inflation will heavily influence opportunities and investing behaviors over the next couple of years.”

AI-enabled technological innovation is core to institutional investors’ private markets outlook

Risk measurement and management, liquidity management, and the ability to forecast future and capital pacing are among the top operational challenges institutions face when investing in private markets. Almost 80% of investors are looking for a centralized, accessible platform for public and private asset data, as the current lack of availability, accuracy, and timeliness of data is an overlooked aspect of private markets.

However, the recent advancements in AI have the potential to improve private markets operations significantly. Nearly half of respondents (43%) globally believe that machine learning has the potential to enhance private markets operations, while more than half (58%) believe that generative AI will enhance operations.

“AI excitement from institutional investors is driven by the industry’s historic deficiencies in quality private market data,” added Milrod. “Subpar access to quality data is a major impediment that stands in the way of a firm’s ability to view and assess public and private assets data in one place. As we speak with clients, it is clear AI has the potential to hugely improve this aspect of the market.”

Improvements through legislation key to driving increased retail participation

Institutions surveyed remain skeptical about prospects for increased retail investment in private markets, but see potential for legislation to open options and drive flows. More than half of respondents (54%) believe current investment products do not make the asset classes suitable for retail investors, while around half (49%) believe there is strong demand for access to private markets among retail or DC investors.

Please click here for the full report: 2024 Private Markets Outlook: From headwinds to tailwinds.

1 The study, commissioned by State Street and conducted by CoreData Research, surveyed 480 respondents from traditional asset managers, private market managers, insurance companies and asset owners across four regions, North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific in September to November 2023.

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State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is one of the world’s leading providers of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $43.9 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration and $4.3 trillion* in assets under management as of March 31, 2024, State Street operates globally in more than 100 geographic markets and employs approximately 46,000 worldwide. For more information, visit State Street’s website at www.statestreet.com.

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