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A 2016 Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey of portfolio managers and investment analysts reveals a number of trends. Bearish sentiment is on the rise. Expectations for total returns are modest, investor appetite for dividends and cash payouts has hit its limits, and a desire to see companies use cash to enhance value is growing. getAbstract recommends this short but insightful report to investors and corporate executives seeking a glimpse into how institutional investors view markets and the investment climate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a rise in market volatility is affecting investor sentiment,
  • What broad expectations investors hold for 2016 through 2018 and
  • Why companies should focus on fundamentals to appeal to changing investor preferences.

About the Authors

Julien Ghesquieres et al. are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



According to a survey of more than 700 portfolio managers and investment analysts, a rise in global market volatility is driving bearish behaviors among investors. Four major trends emerged from the BCG survey:

  1. Bearish sentiment vaulted about 70% from 2015 to 2016 – Some 32% of survey participants were “bearish” or “extremely bearish” about equity market prospects, in contrast to 19% in 2015. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed who reported a pessimistic view cited China’s slow economic growth as their main reason for concern. About 40% of all...

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