A Global Shift to Alternative Assets


ARLINGTON, Va., July 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4 trillion, according to the 2017 edition of Willis Towers Watson’s (NASDAQ:WLTW) Global Alternatives Survey. The survey, which captures long-term institutional investment trends by seven main investor groups across 10 alternative asset classes, showed that of the top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (35% and over $1.4 trillion), followed by private equity fund managers (18% and $695 billion), hedge funds (17% and $675 billion), private equity funds of funds (12% and $492 billion), illiquid credit (9% and $360 billion), funds of hedge funds (6% and $228 billion), infrastructure (4% and $161 billion) and commodities (1%).

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