Financial advisers bullish on UK infrastructure

Three quarters of financial advisers would back investment into UK infrastructure assets to counter the current market headwinds, according to infrastructure specialist investors Foresight.

75% of financial advisers surveyed said that they are bullish about the investment outlook for UK infrastructure assets and the majority (59%) expect to see increasing demand amongst clients for exposure to the sector through SIPPs and ISAs over the next five years, according to the new study

The research, conducted by Foresight Group, an independent infrastructure and private equity manager, spoke to 206 financial advisers between September and October this year in the UK.

It found that the four biggest headwinds facing client portfolios were identified as volatility by more than half (56%) of advisers, a market correction (49%); inflation (42%) and interest rate rises (28%).

Simon Bullock, Chartered Financial Planner and Partner at Mulberry Bow, said: “Infrastructure assets have performed tremendously well over the last few years and many of my clients expect that trend to continue. Infrastructure has become an increasingly popular asset class for investors as it helps mitigate against investment portfolio threats such as volatility, inflation, rising interest rates and wider macroeconomic underperformance.

‘Exciting sector’

“We believe infrastructure is an exciting sector for our clients and would welcome more investment products in this space.”

Foresight, which has offices in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Guernsey, Rome, San Francisco and Sydney, has £2.7bn of Assets Under Management across a number of funds and listed vehicles.

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Gary Robinson
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