Global Alternatives Survey 2014 (Towers Watson)

July 2014

KEYWORDS: alternative investment, assets under management, Hedge Fund Managers, Hedge Fund Performance, Hedge Fund Research, AUM


Towers Watson

Financial Times

  • Towers Watson

    Financial Times


This year’s Global Alternatives Survey shows that the total global alternative assets under management hit $5.7 trillion. The survey, which is produced in conjunction with the Financial Times, itemises real assets and illiquid credit for the first time, and also includes the top-ranked managers, by assets under management (AuM), in each area.

Of the Top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (31% and over $1 trillion), followed by private equity fund managers (23% and $753 billion), hedge funds (22% and $724 billion), private equity funds of funds (PEFoFs) (10% and $322 billion), funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) (5% and $173 billion), infrastructure (4%) and commodities (2%).

The research – which includes data on a diverse range of institutional investor types – shows that pension fund assets represent a third (33%) of the Top 100 alternative managers’ assets, followed by wealth managers (18%), insurance companies (9%), sovereign wealth funds (6%), banks (3%), funds of funds (3%) and endowments & foundations (3%).

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