Business as unusual

The global pandemic has accelerated many trends and challenged long held beliefs about investments and ways of working. Against this backdrop, investors continuously adapt to new and uncertain market conditions, turning challenges into meaningful change. 


As we transition into the next phase, what are the investment prospects ahead and what strategic moves will generate growth opportunities? Read our report to uncover the implications for Australian and New Zealand investors and where organisations can add value.

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The implementation of unconventional monetary and fiscal policy has led to distortions for 'markets as unusual' as well as 'business as unusual'. Harry Liem
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The key findings

57% of respondents suggest the main investment compromise has been a reduction in investment targets, followed by reducing costs and increasing time horizon.

Investors are looking to increase risky assets, including sustainable themed strategies, infrastructure and private debt, while reducing defensive assets such as bonds and hedge funds.

Real estate and infrastructure are the preferred form of inflation protection, followed by inflation linked bonds and inflation swaps.

63% of respondents consider Net Zero to be the top responsible investment priority, followed by investing in renewable energy and shareholder engagement.

About the survey

The Great Acceleration Report reveals findings from 30 investment organisations across Australia and New Zealand, representing A$1.3 trillion in funds under management. The survey explores how organisations and investors think about opportunities as we transition to the next phase of a ‘COVID-normal’ world.

What should investors consider doing now and next in a COVID-normal world?

Contact us to find out how Mercer can help you reach your investment goals and build brighter futures.


Dr Harry Liem
Director of Strategic Research
and Head of Capital Markets
Mercer Pacific

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