Alternative investments gain popularity

If ten years ago alternative investment was still a niche attracting only very specialised investors, it is set today to share the mainstream with traditional asset classes. Pension schemes and other large wealth management fund asset owners are now looking to invest in a very active way.
“In case of a large drop in the value of listed securities, asset classes like infrastructure usually go in the opposite direction and start to rise in value, says Stuart Lawson, senior vice president, Northern Trust.
Alternative investments can also have a positive environmental impact and investors are very keen at ethical investment. A lot of the alternative classes are very well positioned to provide that”, he continues.