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Towers Watson: Total global alternative AuM hit $6.3 trillion in 2014, increasingly seen as 'bread and butter’ assets

Monday, July 13, 2015

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

According to Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey 2015, total assets managed by the top 100 alternative investment managers globally stood at $3.5tln in 2014, compared to $3.3tln the previous year.

The survey covers nine asset classes and seven investor types. Real estate managers have the largest share (33% and over $1 trillion), followed by hedge funds (23% and $791bn), private equity fund managers (22% and $767bn), private equity funds of funds (10% and $342bn), funds of hedge funds (5% and $214bn), infrastructure (4%) and illiquid credit (3%). The research also lists the top-ranked managers by AuM (assets under management) in each area.

The broader survey, with 623 entries, shows that total global alternative AuM stood at $6.3tln, compared to $5.7tln in 2013. This number leads the consultancy to believe that alternative assets are no longer considered alternative. The split between asset classes is broadly the same, with the exception of real estate (down to 23%) and hedge funds (up to 27% of the total).

"Institutional investors continue to plough billions of dollars annually into investment opportunities other than bonds and equities, which are now increasingly seen as......................

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