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Many of the GCC’s wealthiest families are re-entering the markets in search of aggressive returns without a full understanding of the potential risks of the current economic climate, research from The Family Office has found.

The survey of ultra high net worth families and individuals in the region found that although return expectations had been lowered as a result of the current global economic crisis, these expectations are still too high for conventional investment strategies.

The research found that 57 per cent of the region’s ultra high net worth investors were taking aggressive investment strategies with higher risk appetites, hoping to compensate for performance during the crisis.

"Even though they have reduced their risk appetite as a result of the global economic crisis, many investors are still looking for returns way above the average. There is certainly a place for higher risk investments, even in this current economic climate. However, the risks of these investments need to be understood and managed across the entire portfolio," says Abdulmohsin Al Omran, founder and chief executive of The Family Office.

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