Urbanisation, savings growth and digitalisation are positive drivers in Catella’s markets. Firms active in the property market are benefiting as global capital is increasingly allocated to investments in Europe. Increased pension savings are driving performance in the funds market, while regulations and digitalisation are improving transparency and thus conditions for firms that deliver successful management. Financial services are being standardised in the banking market, which is creating opportunities for niche firms to compete with customised offerings.
The property market
The drivers of persistently increasing allocation of capital to the property sector are strong and interest in the European property market is particularly intense.
The investment funds market
The investment funds market is expanding in pace with savings growth. Trends such as ageing populations and the declining capacity of national governments to provide post-retirement income through publicly financed pension systems are driving this growth.
The banking market
There are several changes under way in the banking sector, driven by technological advances as well as increased regulation imposing stricter capital requirements and new EU legislation related to advisory services and commissions.