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Investors in alternatives found to heavily expand into more alternative asset classes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A study by data provider Preqin has found that institutional investors are looking for exposure to an ever-widening range of alternative asset classes, with half now holding allocations to three or more.

Preqin's H1 2017 Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, said that more than a third of investors have exposure to at least four alternative asset classes at the start of 2017, a significant increase from a year ago.

Andrew Moylan, head of real estate products, said, "Preqin's investor surveys demonstrate the considerable appetite for alternative assets within the investor community at present, with many looking to ramp up their participation within these markets. It is notable that although the proportion of investors that are not involved in the alternatives industry has remained relatively consistent, those with exposure are now expanding and diversifying their exposure to different asset classes."

The survey also found that 9% of institutions invest in all six alternative asset classes, a fifth have exposure to five or more, and over a third (34%) invest in four or more. This represents a notable increase over the past 12 months: a year ago, only a quarter of respondents invested in at least four asset classes, and just 13% had exposure to five or more separate markets.

Moylan added, "While the private equity and hedge fund markets are large, well-established ......................

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