A new report from global consulting firm Towers Watson indicates that pension funds are increasing their allocations in alternative investments.
The 10th annual Towers Watson Global Alternatives Survey, produced in conjunction with Financial Times revealed that alternative investments account for nearly 20% of all pension fund assets globally. Comparably, total pension fund assets increased nearly 8% from $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion in 2012.
The report also said that investments from pension funds represent over 36% of the total assets from the world's top 100 alternative asset managers-- a list which includes the likes of Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Millennium Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Also noted is that wealth managers comprised 19% of assets in the top 100 managers followed by insurance companies with 9%, sovereign wealth funds sitting at 6%, and banks at 5%.
New York-based Towers Watson surveyed 578 institutions for the report.