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Investment allocation of central banks globally 2014-2020, by class

In 2020, central banks only allocated 42 percent of their portfolios to government bonds worldwide, down from 67 percent four years earlier. Allocations towards deposits with commercial banks increased by 13 percent in the same period.

Investment allocation of central banks worldwide from 2014 to 2020, by asset class

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

January to March 2020

Number of respondents

139 respondents

Special properties

Chief investment officers, heads of asset classes and senior portfolio strategists

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Direct Strategic Investments (DSI) are direct investments held outside a private markets’ portfolio.

Interviews were conducted with 139 funds: 83 sovereign investors and 56 central banks.

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "For the total reserves portfolio, please indicate the % allocation across asset classes."

Sample size: 2020 = 36

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