Despite Relative Outperformance, Still Room For Alternative Investments To Grow

Mar 26 2009 | 2:04pm ET

AllAboutAlpha.com -- Some have suggested that the strong performance of hedge funds relative to equities over the past 12 months could come back to haunt it in a rather circuitous manner.  The theory goes that institutional investors with fixed target allocations to different asset classes might decide that alternative investments now represent too large a portion of their holdings - simply because alternatives depreciated much less than equities over the past year.

That was the theory. But a report from consultancy Casey Quirk and institutional investment database eVestment Alliance says that hedge funds represent the same portion of institutional portfolio allocations now as they have over the past few years.  In fact, institutional allocations to alternative investments (of all sorts) have remained pretty stable at around 3.5% since way back in 2004. Continue Reading on AllAboutAlpha


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