The new decade has got off to a volatile start, with the assassination of an Iranian general sending shockwaves through markets and bringing to a halt the end of year Santa rally and wider sense of optimism.

With US-Iran tensions, volatile equity markets and the ongoing low yield environment — not to mention Brexit and trade wars — investors face a multitude of challenges in 2020.

Finding funds that both enhance returns and provide downside protection in such a hostile investment backdrop will therefore be top of mind for institutional investors. This scenario will see professional buyers who research and select funds and strategies become an ever more integral part of the asset management value chain.

So how do professional buyers go about selecting and recommending funds? CoreData’s latest research report, based on a global survey of 200 professional buyers, shines interesting light on this pertinent topic. . .