FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced findings from a survey gauging global institutional investors’ immediate reactions to the UK referendum (informally known as “Brexit”) and their expectations for its impact on the UK, the European Union (“EU”) and global economies, as well as their portfolios.
Drawing from a pool of 100 institutional investors around the globe with more than $8 trillion in assets under management combined, the survey results indicated a strong majority of investors believe the UK and EU economies will suffer significantly as a result of Brexit. Notably, 67 percent of respondents believe it is likely the referendum will trigger a recession, while 98 percent expect worse economic conditions in the near-term. However, there is some optimism regarding the longer-term outlook, as 64 percent of respondents expect economic conditions to improve in five or more years post-Brexit.
“The results announced today indicate grave concerns regarding Brexit’s implications for the UK and EU economies in particular,” said Edward J. Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. “This will be a continually evolving process, with many uncertainties and complexities that have wide-spread impact on capital markets activity, corporate business decisions and the political discourse across numerous jurisdictions. We are counselling our clients to remain engaged, stay updated on the current state of play and to be nimble in adjusting to changing market forces.”
The survey also suggests institutional investors are particularly worried about the impact of the referendum on the collective Eurozone economies, though they expect that any economic damage will be largely contained to the EU.
“Respondents indicated they see France as most likely to face immediate financial fallout, with 71 percent stating that the French economy will be harmed by Brexit,” said Dan Healy, Managing Director and Head of the UK Strategy Consulting & Research practice at FTI Consulting. “That result tracks closely with the overall sentiment towards the Eurozone economy, with 78 percent of investors surveyed expecting a broader economic downturn across Western Europe. On the other hand, only 4 percent expect Brexit to harm North American economies.”
Further results can be found atFTI.