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03 July 2012

IPE: Investors 'remarkably' worried over volatility, regulation

European institutional investors continue to voice strong concerns over volatility in financial markets, at a time when confidence in the euro wanes.

According to Allianz Global Investors' (AllianzGI) latest RiskMonitor survey, European institutions remain in a "state of high alert" regarding market gyrations. "Almost two-thirds view current interest rates as a major risk to their 12-month targets", AllianzGI added. "In terms of the biggest financial risk, falling rates trouble twice as many institutions as falling rates."

The company said that, viewed over 12 months, the state of anxiety among survey respondents was "remarkably high". The RiskMonitor survey also revealed that, in terms of investment strategy, investors had largely endeavoured to eliminate sovereign risk by means of diversification. "But respondents are all too aware that, when it comes to political management in a collection of bound but not federated democracies, the problems of the eurozone are greater than investment strategy alone", AllianzGI added.

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