New Survey 'Shows Alternatives are Becoming the Norm', says AAA
A recent survey that found that non-stock-based investments are proving more popular among US
institutional investors, has been endorsed by Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, October 05, 2012 - A recent survey that found that non-
stock-based investments are proving more popular among US institutional investors, has been
endorsed by Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).
The alternative investment advocacy group claims that the results of the latest survey from
Natixis Global Asset Management shows that more and more investors are turning to alternative
investments due to the volatility of the stock and bond markets.
The survey questioned some 151 fund managers about their investing habits and found that 76
per cent said that investing in alternatives is an essential part of protecting their portfolio against
risk. In addition, 73 per cent said they are critical in outperforming the general investment
“These results are among the most convincing we have seen in recent years and suggest that
alternatives are quickly becoming the ‘norm’ among everyone from charities and pensions
schemes to endowments and trusts,” claimed AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.
Although, overall, stock markets have produced some more solid results this year, they are still
vulnerable to major, sudden value losses in response to fluctuations in the economic conditions in
countries like China and the US. As a result, many investors still see investing in asset classes like
forestry, hedge funds, real estate and even gold, art and wine, as a lot less risky.
“It’s partly about getting something more tangible, with an intrinsic value, in exchange for your
investment,” added Mr Johnson.
Of the managers surveyed in the Natixis study, some 88 per cent said they were satisfied with
how their alternatives are performing. A huge 93 per cent said they would happily increase the
amount invested in alternatives, or at least keep their investment level the same.
Forestry is a solid option for those looking at their first foray into alternative investment. Through
firms like Greenwood Management, investors can own their own slice of plantation land with an
initial investment of less than $20,000.
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