Willis Towers Watson highlights alternative attraction

Total assets managed by the top 100 alternative investment managers globally reached $3.6 trillion up 3 percent on the prior year, according to research produced by Willis Towers Watson.

The Global Alternatives Survey, which covers ten asset classes and seven investor types, shows that of the top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (34 percent and over $1.2 trillion), followed by hedge funds (21 percent and $755 billion), private equity fund managers (18 percent and $640 billion), private equity funds of funds (PEFoFs) (12 percent and $420 billion), funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) (6 percent and $222 billion), infrastructure (5 percent) and illiquid credit (5 percent).

The research also lists the top-ranked managers, by assets under management (AuM), in each area. Total global alternative AuM are now $6.2 trillion. The research shows, for the first time, the level of assets in insurance-linked investments is around $30 billion, of which almost two-thirds is invested in Europe, by 13 asset managers.