Market Research Report
Europe Fixed Income Assets Management Industry | Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)
|Europe Fixed Income Assets Management Industry | Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)|
Published: April 28, 2022
Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd
Content info: 130 Pages
Delivery time: 2-3 business days
Portfolio allocations to fixed income are primarily driven by investors' return expectations, followed by volatility concerns and liquidity requirements. Within core European fixed income, investment-grade corporate bonds are primarily used to deliver returns while lower-yielding sovereign debt has a more operative function of liquidity and duration-matching. Non-core fixed income classes such as global high yield and emerging market debt are expected to deliver the strongest overall performance. Conversely, reflecting the return expectations noted above, global high yield and emerging market debt are sought-after as sources of total return and yield generation rather than the European.
European institutions are allocating, on average, 56% of their portfolios to fixed income, twice their allocation to equity. Two-thirds of European institutions manage their fixed income on a wholly active basis. However, there is a growing minority looking to manage core assets such as domestic government bonds passively, primarily using index funds. Half of the European institutions have a fixed income portfolio duration of five to ten years.
The COVID-19 experience has shone a spotlight on the need to continue technological modernisation at every level of the investment management delivery chain in order to deliver the best outcomes for customers. The operating model is also increasingly focused on the importance of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) agenda.
Europe is a world leader in the issuance of green bonds, with a total issuance of USD 265 billion in green bonds issued in 2021. Germany issued by far the largest amount of green bonds in Europe, amounting to over USD 63 billion. Since the European Investment Bank inaugurated the green bond market in 2007 with its Climate Awareness Bond, the market has grown very fast, but it still represents only about 3 to 3.5% of overall bond issuance. The green bond market needs to grow more quickly to achieve the targets in the Paris Agreement. The Commission's proposal aims to establish an official EU standard for green bonds aligned with the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities, based on a registration system and supervisory framework for external reviewers of European green bonds.
The bond market has seen considerable increases in overseas allocation from 42% of total assets in 2017 to 55% in 2020. UK gilts and non-gilts (primarily made up of corporate bonds) outperformed global bonds returning 9% and 8% respectively. Growth in allocation to overseas bonds has coincided with the UK's decision to exit the European Union. Total investments across UK equities, sterling corporate bonds, UK infrastructure and commercial property stood at EUR 1.7 trillion in 2020.
The report includes an overview of asset managers operating across Europe or in one or a few countries within the region. The report covers detailed profiling of a few major companies which cover their product offerings, regulations governing them, their headquarters, and financial performance. Currently, some of the major players dominating the market are listed below.