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Retirement market is next frontier for liquid alternatives

Friday, March 27, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A new white paper by Pershing Prime Services has predicted that the retirement market may be the next frontier for the growth of liquid alternatives. The paper, Liquid Alternatives and the Opportunity in Defined Contribution Plans, is the latest in Pershing Prime Services' Executive Insights series, which was developed to provide fund managers with information on the liquid alternatives convergence movement.

"The potential expansion into DC (direct contribution) plans presents an opportunity for liquid alternative managers to help DC plan advisors understand how this asset class can fit into plan participants' retirement portfolios," said Mark Aldoroty, head of sales and relationship management for Pershing Prime Services. "As all parties become more comfortable with alternatives, the opportunity to include them in a plan's investment strategy is likely to expand."

The paper said that as plan advisors are increasingly focused on new strategies to improve plan participant outcomes, liquid alternatives may present an opportunity to diversify retirement portfolios. The paper underscores the critical role that education will play in the adoption of liquid alternatives among DC plan fiduciaries, advisors and participants.

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