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Evaluating the Risks and Rewards of Alternative Investments
Posted by Anna Rathbun on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Allocation to alternative investments in the endowments and pension space has grown tremendously in the last 20 years [1]. Between 1992 and 1995, flow of funds into alternative investments grew by an average of $11 billion per year, amounting to a 92% overall increase in allocation. Still, general commitment to alternatives took up only 5.5% of the overall assets in 1995 [2]. 17 years later, the 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments reported an average of 54% of assets committed to alternative strategies. This article delves into the motivations that lie behind such an increase in investing in alternatives, as well as a closer look at different types of alternative investments and the risks associated with them.

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Topics: Anna Rathbun, investing, investments

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