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The majority of institutional investors believes alternatives are essential in their portfolios

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Natixis Global Asset Management survey of global institutional investors released today showed that alternative investments are featuring more often than not in their portfolios. The firm found that seven in 10 institutional investors believe it is essential to invest in alternative investments – such as hedge funds, private equity or venture capital – to diversify portfolio risk and nearly as many believe it is essential to invest in alternative assets to outperform the broad market.

Natixis surveyed 482 institutional investors from 13 countries around the world and the median asset level of survey respondents was in the region of $23bn. They found that of investors who already use alternative assets, more than eight in 10 say they are pleased with the performance of those holdings. The report says: "Looking forward, three in five investors say the alternative strategies they invest in will outperform last year’s returns".

Beyond that, a solid majority of investors who currently use alternatives would keep their allocation the same if they were starting over again. Among those who would change their allocation to those asset classes, twice as many would increase their allocation as would decrease it. U.K. investors, at 44%, were the most likely to say they would raise their allocation to alternative investm......................

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