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SEI: Alternatives go mainstream

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The market opportunity for retail alternatives is already huge, continues to grow, yet is still in its infancy, says SEI in a new 24-page report called "The Retail Alternatives Phenomenon."

SEI is a leading global provider of investment processing, fund processing and investment management business outsourcing solutions, with headquarters in the U.S. and offices throughout the world.

Within institutional investing, the report says, the move toward alternatives has been a tremendous development, which saw two waves of rapid growth in the past decade: between 2005 an 2007, when global alternative asset classesí assets under management (AuM) went from $2.9tln to $5.7tln; and post-2008, when AuM reached $6.5tln by the end of 2011, outpacing the AuM growth of traditional asset classes. The third wave of growth in alternative investing is underway, SEI states, only this time it is encompassing the mainstream, as alternatives are moving from institutional to retails markets.

Indeed, alternative strategies that are normally used by hedge funds and private equity are increasingly being packaged as mutual funds in the U.S. and as UCITS in Europe. This is what SEI's well-written report calls "retail alternatives."

"Based on the recent growth of hedge-style mutual funds, the blend of alternative strategies with the transparency, liquidity and regulatory oversight of regulated retail investment vehicles has gr......................

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