Intermediaries warm to equities and absolute return

Intermediaries are warming to equities and absolute return after muted buying of stocks this year, according to a Schroders survey.

Schroders interviewed 100 intermediaries in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, with 89% saying investors would return to stocks within the next 12 months.

Some 69% expected they would put at least 10% of assets advised into absolute return within two years. (article continues below)

Half of advisers said earlier this year they would put only 5-10% of assets into the sector.

Some 72% say they are likely to choose Ucits absolute return funds in two to three years compared with 38% at present.

The response comes after market falls to the start of September, following weaker American economic data and the eurozone crisis.