FINANCE NEWS: Institutions content to up exposure to alternative assets

Institutional investors have a high level of satisfaction with returns from alternative asset classes, according to a report from JP Morgan Fleming.

The survey, which assessed the attitudes of 341 institutional investors across Europe, found that 79 per cent felt returns from hedge fund investments met or exceeded expectations. The figure for private equity was 66 per cent.

Of those surveyed, 56 per cent said they wanted to increase their exposure to hedge funds, while 45 per cent of private equity investors wanted to increase their allocation.

But the level of investment in hedge funds and private equity is low, with institutional investors risking just 2.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent of their portfolios respectively.

Peter Schwict, head of European institutional business at JP Morgan Fleming said: "Many institutions have been very satisfied with returns from alternative investment strategies. However, allocations to classes like private equity and hedge funds is very low and changing the perception of risk is now a key challenge."

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