SINGAPORE (Jan 7): Private markets are set to become particularly popular this year as institutional investors turn to private markets to mitigate risks amid rising concerns about a downturn in the economic cycle.

Based on BlackRock’s annual survey of global institutions, over half (56%) of the fund manager’s clients stated that the possibility of the cycle turning as one of the most important macro risks influencing their rebalancing and asset allocation plans.

60% of the 230 respondents were notably from the Asia Pacific region, out of which 65% intend to increase their exposure to real assets, 44% to real estate and 40% to private equity.

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