As investors increasingly call on active managers to justify fees, our sister paper Financial News asked fund managers and consultants where the smart money is being invested and for their views on an increasingly technologically-advanced future.
Alternatives are continuing to see net inflows, with assets hitting a global record high of $7.2 trillion in 2013, said a report released Wednesday by McKinsey & Co.
The alternatives category — which McKinsey defines as hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity, real estate, commodities and infrastructure — has now doubled in size since 2005, with global AUM growing at an annualized pace of 10.7%, twice the growth rate of traditional investments.
Net inflows into alternatives as a percentage of total assets were 6% in 2013, compared to the 1% to 2% rate for non-alternatives.
“The demand for alternatives has never been higher,” said Ju-Hon Kwek, an associate principal in McKinsey's wealth and asset management practice and co-author of the report, in a telephone interview. “The demand is being driven by both cyclical and structural factors. There's been a fundamental change in the way people are thinking about asset allocation that's expanded the aperture.”
The report asserts that net inflows in the global alternatives market are expected to grow at an average annual pace of 5% over the next five years, well above the 1% to 2% expected annual pace for the industry as a whole. By 2020, alternatives could make up about 15% of global industry assets and produce up to 40% of industry revenues. At the end of 2013, alternatives made up 12% of global industry assets and 33% of industry revenues.
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