Fund buyers seeing value in alternative investments: Survey

The survey by Natixis polled 200 professional fund buyers. It found that some fund buyers view alternative investments as an effective strategy for generating alpha or excess returns.
The survey by Natixis polled 200 professional fund buyers. It found that some fund buyers view alternative investments as an effective strategy for generating alpha or excess returns.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The markets are volatile but 82 per cent of professional fund buyers are confident that their average return target of 8.4 per cent this year is achievable, according to a new survey.

It found that the most popular strategies for managing risk include diversifying by sector (cited by 91 per cent), risk budgeting (80 per cent) and increasing the use of alternative investments (75 per cent) like private equity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Fund buyers seeing value in alternative investments: Survey'. Print Edition | Subscribe