Investors Expect the Highest Long-term Returns from Private Equity

February 13, 2019 by SWC Editors

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A recent survey of over 250 institutional investors, including a number of sovereign wealth funds, found a clear reason why many investors are now allocating to private equity, in preference to hedge funds, within the alternative assets category.In its 2019 survey of asset owners, carried out by the II Network, a private, online community for asset owners owned by Institutional Investor, the owner of SWC, found that investors have an average long-term return expectation of 9.2% a year from private equity, compared to 5% a year from hedge funds. The higher return expectations from private equity help explain why 18% of the investors surveyed said that they expect to increase their allocation to private equity by at least 3%, while only 6% planned an increase on this scale in their allocation to single strategy hedge funds.Investors' long-term return expectationsWhat is interesting about the difference in long-term return…

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