The return outlook relating to traditional stock and bond portfolios is at a historic low. This forces investors to move further out into the peripheries of the risk spectrum and to consider investing in complex asset classes as they hunt for satisfying returns.
In Denmark, for example, politicians recently eased allocation restrictions on charitable foundations' investment policies because the foundations were forced to lower the sizes of their grants. The reason for this was that a large portion of their assets had to be invested in relatively safe but negative-yielding debt instruments.
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