Welcome to Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H2 2014, a unique and in-depth look at the appetite, plans, expectations and concerns of institutional investors in private equity, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure. This report draws on in-depth conversations between Preqin’s dedicated research analysts and key investment decision makers at over 380 institutional investors from across the globe. This representative sample of investors was drawn from Preqin’s industry-leading online products which feature detailed profiles for more than 8,400 active institutional investors with allocations to one or more alternative asset classes.
In this report, we explore investors’ changing appetite and plans for their alternative investments in the coming year, as well as how they see their allocations evolving in the longer term and what impact this will have on the size of their investment teams. We also look at the key issues facing institutional investors today, including their views on regulatory changes. It is clear that the longer term outlook for alternative assets is one of further growth, with many investors below their target allocations to these asset classes and a large proportion expecting to up their targeted portfolio weightings to alternatives in the coming years. We are also seeing a more proactive investor community, demanding more information from fund managers they invest with, seeking greater control of their portfolios through managed accounts or direct investments, and increasingly looking to seek out the best performing managers rather than waiting to be presented with attractive opportunities.
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