The two-part IPI survey examines the expectations, returns and asset allocations of IPI member families. Data released earlier this year looked at families’ anticipated investment strategies. This follow-up survey, completed in April, measured wealthy investors’ actual allocation and performance.
In other findings from the April survey:
- 70% of families said they were worried about geopolitical risk and domestic policy shifts.
- 48% were concerned about finding opportunities for yield.
- 62% of respondents reported employing an advisor for more than 50% of their wealth, an all-time high from past surveys.
- About half of the families said they were “staying the course” with their investments, rather than trying to time the market.
- Families’ returns for 2011 varied from -10% to +25% net of fees, with the majority reporting returns between -2.2% and +2.3% net of fees. The five-year average was +2.4% net of fees.
- Nearly two-thirds of families who sought principal protection reported positive returns in 2011, while slightly less than half of those who cited growth as their objective saw positive returns.
IPI, a subsidiary of Campden Wealth, serves some 345 ultrahigh-net-worth families across the country with minimum assets of $30 million. Fifty-seven families responded to the survey, conducted via member questionnaires.