Summary of The Path to Transparency in Alternatives Investing

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The popularity of alternative assets has mushroomed since 2005 and remained strong even after the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, investing in alternatives such as real estate, hedge funds and private equity has become more mainstream. Yet the rapid growth of these often-opaque assets has given rise to investor concerns about risk, and investment firms are dealing with the challenges of providing transparency. This Economist Intelligence Unit global survey of 200 asset managers offers useful guidelines for overcoming the information obstacles these nontraditional products pose. getAbstract recommends this behind-the-scenes report to financial professionals and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why alternative assets have moved into the mainstream of investing,
  • Why transparency is important to investors in alternatives and
  • What investment firms can do to provide useful information on alternatives. 

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Investors seeking higher-yielding opportunities have increasingly made alternative investments a part of their portfolios, alongside traditional debt and equity securities. Post-2008 regulatory reforms in the United States and European Union have also helped to support the growth in alternatives, which include hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and infrastructure investments, among others. These relatively higher-risk instruments were once exclusively the domains of institutional investors, but individual investors are now becoming more active in alternatives.

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