In pursuit of more stable returns, wealthy investors are increasingly embracing less-traditional asset classes, such as derivatives, private equity and hedge funds, and moving away from equities, index funds, bonds, annuities and real estate, according to a Barclays Wealth survey of 790 high-net-worth individuals around the world.

Forty-eight percent intend to invest in equities, down from an average of 64% in the previous three years, and 20% said they plan to put money into debt instruments, down from 26%.

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