In private markets, investing in loans can offer investors attractive features including a low correlation to listed markets and opportunities for a diversified exposure. Picking loans from sectors known to be resilient to the vagaries of economic growth or that have pricing power can result in a portfolio with the potential to withstand rising interest rates and inflation.
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The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns.
Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.