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The world's 25 biggest alternative managers

Willis Towers Watson's annual survey into alternatives asset management market shows highlights some compelling trends in the booming market.

Alternatives boom

The world's 10 largest alternative asset managers saw assets under rise by 10% in 2016 to $4 trillion, according to Willis Towers Watson's (WTW) 2017 edition of its global alternatives survey.

The survey, which captures long-term institutional investment trends by seven main investor groups, showed real estate managers have the largest share of assets (35% and over $1.4 trillion), followed by private equity fund managers (18% and $695 billion), hedge funds (17% and $675 billion), private equity (12% and $492 billion).

'Despite the elevated levels of macro and political concerns, long lease property strategies in Europe have continued to see interest from de-risking pension funds given the expected return differential relative to bonds and higher inflation expectations,' said WTW head of manager research Luba Nikulina in reference to real estate's position at the top.

'We believe this demand is likely to persist as long as bond yields remain low which makes the ability to source attractive assets in this area ever more important,' said Luba Nikulina.

WTW highlighted the world's 25 biggest alternatives managers (in descending order).

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The world's 10 largest alternative asset managers saw assets under rise by 10% in 2016 to $4 trillion, according to Willis Towers Watson's (WTW) 2017 edition of its global alternatives survey.

The survey, which captures long-term institutional investment trends by seven main investor groups, showed real estate managers have the largest share of assets (35% and over $1.4 trillion), followed by private equity fund managers (18% and $695 billion), hedge funds (17% and $675 billion), private equity (12% and $492 billion).

'Despite the elevated levels of macro and political concerns, long lease property strategies in Europe have continued to see interest from de-risking pension funds given the expected return differential relative to bonds and higher inflation expectations,' said WTW head of manager research Luba Nikulina in reference to real estate's position at the top.

'We believe this demand is likely to persist as long as bond yields remain low which makes the ability to source attractive assets in this area ever more important,' said Luba Nikulina.

WTW highlighted the world's 25 biggest alternatives managers (in descending order).

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