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According to a recent survey released by professional services firm Ernst & Young, institutional investors are showing more confidence in alternative assets. The 2022 EY Global Alternative Fund Survey revealed that approximately 75% of institutional investors felt their alternative asset managers "met or exceeded performance expectations during a challenging and volatile market period, successfully protecting capital in down markets while positioning for long-term income generation." Private equity received the best feedback with 50% of institutional investors citing the outperformance of expectations of this asset class. This was followed by real estate strategies at 45% and real assets/infrastructure at 38%. While the majority of investors expected to keep their alternative asset allocations constant, investors that are expecting to make changes stated that "they will increase their allocations in the next three years." The survey also found that in response to rising demand, alternative fund managers are increasing their product offerings in areas such as illiquid credit, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and opportunistic or special situations.

Finsum:Based on the results of a recent Ernst & Young survey, institutional investors are showing more confidence in alternative strategies such as private equity and real estate. 

Published in Wealth Management

During a recent briefing, Blackstone's private wealth management solutions group explained that private equity and other alternatives have been well suited to perform during volatile times when traditional stocks and bonds have fallen. This has been certainly true this year as equities, government bonds, and most corporate debt have fallen as inflation and interest rates rise and recessionary concerns persist. Private markets and hedge fund strategies, on the other hand, have fared much better. However, the firm also believes that affluent investors are still under-allocated in alternative investments. According to the firm, affluent private investors typically only allocate about 5% to alternative investments. Joan Solotar, Global Head of Private Wealth Solutions at Blackstone told journalists at a briefing in London that “Investors remain under-allocated. Many advisors have found that if they hadn’t allocated to alternatives, then they underperformed. Some advisors, such as those working for decades without ever having broached the alternatives space, might lack the confidence to take the plunge.” Her colleague, Rashmi Madan, Head of EMEA for Private Wealth Solutions said the reason for this is due to a combination of burdensome administrative tasks and the difficulties investors have had accessing drawdown funds.

Finsum:Blackstone stated during a recent briefing that alternatives perform well in volatile markets when traditional securities falter, but affluent investors are still under-allocated.

Published in Wealth Management
Saturday, 05 November 2022 03:51

F.L.Putnam Launches Alternatives Platform for RIAs

F.L.Putnam Investment Management Company recently announced the launch of a new platform that will allow advisors to execute direct investments in alternatives. The platform is designed for registered investment advisors and features proprietary investment manager research on a curated list of hedge funds, private equity, private real estate, private credit, and venture capital from Atrato, F.L.Putnam's consulting practice. Advisors will be able to access the research with +SUBSCRIBE, an alternative investment order management system for non-traditional product transactions. Through +SUBSCRIBE, RIAs will be able to review Atrato's manager due diligence, the manager's data room of fund materials, and execute transactions into a tailored menu of alternative investments. Tom Manning, CEO of F.L.Putnam had this to say about the launch, "As RIAs grow and scale, the need for sophisticated investment advice, tools, and capabilities increases exponentially. With our platform, advisors will have access to a fully customizable, state-of-the-art solution that allows them to research and confidently allocate to alternative investments on behalf of their clients."

Finsum:RIAs can now access manager research and execute direct investments in alternative assets through F.L.Putnam’s new investment platform.

Published in Wealth Management
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 06:20

Advisors Are Increasingly Turning to Alternatives

According to a recent survey by Broadridge Financial Solutions, 67% of financial advisers are using alternative investments such as real estate investment trusts and private funds, compared to 59% in a previous survey taken earlier in the year. Of the 400 advisors surveyed by Broadridge, more than half said they plan to increase the use of alternatives over the next two years over traditional assets such as stocks and bonds. However, the advisers also noted their disappointment in the available offerings, with just 27% saying they are very satisfied with the options available from asset managers. Among the issues leading to this disappointment are too few choices, too much paperwork, and compliance and regulatory concerns. As per the reason for the increased interest in alternatives, advisers cited diversification, followed by non-correlation with equities. According to the survey, the alternatives that advisors were most interested in were REITs, commodities, private equity, hedge funds, and private debt.

Finsum: With investors concerned over steep portfolio losses, advisors are showing an increased interest in alternatives such as REITs, commodities, private equity, hedge funds, and private debt.

Published in Wealth Management

CAIS recently announced that Mariner Wealth Advisors selected the firm to provide a customized alternative investment platform solution for the firm’s rapidly growing network of advisors. CAIS is a leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors. It provides advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, and more. Mariner Wealth Advisors is a privately held advisory firm with over $60 billion in assets under advisement. CAIS will offer Mariner’s advisors access to a broad menu of alternative investment funds and products, educational resources, end-to-end digitized transaction processing, and third-party reporting integrations. Mariner’s advisors will receive access to a curated menu of diversified alternative investment products across asset classes and qualification levels. CAIS will also assist in the launch of proprietary funds and multi-manager funds managed by Mariner Wealth Advisors and enable the firm to add its own sourced third-party funds to the platform for centralized monitoring, transacting, and reporting.

Finsum:Alternative investment platform CAIS was recently selected by Mariner Wealth Advisors to provide its advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies.

Published in Wealth Management
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