2015 Global Alternatives Survey (Towers Watson)



Towers Watson

  • Towers Watson
    Financial Times


The partnership between institutional investors – particularly pension funds – and alternative investments like hedge funds increased over the last year, according to a recent study from research and consulting firm Towers Watson. The 2015 Global Alternatives Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Financial Times, includes data covering nine asset classes and seven investor types, with a diverse range of institutional investors surveyed.

Among the report’s key findings are that:

  • Among these Top 100 alternative managers, pension fund assets now represent a third (33%) of their assets;
  • Among the Top 100 alternative investment managers, hedge funds have the second largest share of assets;
  • For the Top 100 managers, North America continues to be the largest destination for alternative capital (47%); 36% of alternative assets are invested in Europe, 9% in Asia Pacific and 8% in the rest of the world.
  • By the end of 2014, total global alternative assets under management hit $6.3 trillion, up from $5.7 trillion in 2013;

2015 Global Alternatives Survey