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Survey: Half of institutions to increase exposure to alternative investment strategies this year

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Institutional investors are raising their exposure to higher-risk assets and increasing risk management procedures, according to an international survey published by Natixis Global Asset Management.

62% of institutional managers feel they can handle near-term market risk despite greater volatility, which they say poses the biggest risk to their performance, says Natixis. Their top organizational concern, however, is low yield. Given the prospect for greater volatility and persistence of low interest rates, few institutions are relying on traditional portfolio strategies to meet their performance goals. Instead they are increasing their exposure to equities and alternatives and turning to illiquid assets and the private markets for risk-managed return generation and yield replacement.

Many are setting their expectations lower when it comes to finding returns: 75% of those surveyed say alpha is becoming harder to come by as markets become more efficient.

Half of institutions report they are increasing exposures to alternative investment strategies this year. The adoption of alternative investments isn't limited to growth portfolios, as 77% of respondents say alternatives have a role in liability-driven investing as well.

67% think private equity provides higher risk-adjusted returns than traditional asset classes, and more than half ......................

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