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New survey shows institutional investor demand for alternatives, global exposures on the rise

Friday, February 01, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment and Casey, Quirk & Associates have released the findings of their annual consultant survey, based on responses from 35 investment consultants in the U.S., representing $14tn in assets under advisement. Each year, U.S.-based investment consultants are polled from December to January on investment preferences and buying behavior for the upcoming year among U.S. Institutional investors. In 2012, the respondents conducted nearly 5,300 searches and placed a total of $400bn in mandates. This is the seventh year of the survey.

Private equity, hedge funds, real estate and commodities will drive a combined 24% of total manager search activity in the United States and 28% of new or expanded investment mandates this year, according to the 2013 Consultant Search Forecast. Investment consultants in the U.S. expect lower returns from portfolios going forward, forecasting an average return of 6.6% in 2013 and beyond, compared with 2010 expectations of 8%.

Survey results indicate that emerging markets equity is expected to be the most sought-after strategy in 2013, and consultants also expect clients to round out their exposures with capitalization and style-specific global mandates. "Traditional benchmark investing is no longer a sufficient stand-alone vehicle for driving flows into today’s volatile marketplace. Managers have to focus on outcomes — not just their strategies — to remain successful and maintain and grow client share," said......................

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