Including the Top 100 Asset Managers

The Global Alternatives Survey aims to track the movements of alternative assets managed on behalf of pension funds by the world’s largest alternative investment managers and to produce authoritative rankings. Now in its sixth year and run in conjunction with the Financial Times, the survey includes 224 investment manager entries (up from 206 in 2008) comprising: 60 in real estate, 60 in fund of hedge funds, 57 in private equity fund of funds, 22 in commodities and 25 in infrastructure. 

In the private equity and hedge fund area, this ranking is focused purely on fund of funds which have traditionally been of most interest to pension funds. For real estate, commodities and infrastructure, direct managers are included.

This year, which captures the position of alternative assets at the end of 2009, the research shows that around half of all assets managed by these alternative investment managers are managed on behalf of pension funds.