Alternative Investments Survey

Jul 2017

Alternative Investment Survey CoverAs part of our regular survey series, we queried our investor network about their use of alternatives, including current allocations, preferred structures, and top investment strategies of interest.



97% of respondents plan to maintain or increase their alternatives allocations over the next year

Top three sectors respondents are targeting with their alternatives allocations:
   72% Real Estate
   65% Technology
   39% Healthcare

75% of respondents manage their alternative investment programs internally; 63% leverage independent platforms for alternatives access and 33% utilize fund-of-funds

Preferred structures for private equity exposure:
   64% Single manager feeders
   62% Concentrated baskets of funds (4-5 managers)
   53% Direct

Preferred structures for hedge fund exposure:
   57% Single manager feeders
   57% Direct
   43% Concentrated baskets of funds (4-5 managers)

Top three private equity strategies of interest:
   66% Distressed / Turnaround
   63% Private Credit
   59% Growth Equity

Top three hedge fund strategies of interest:
   60% Multi-strategy
   51% Quantitative
   42% Event-driven
   42% Credit

72% of respondents are “positive” or “very positive” on the use of retirement assets to invest in private equity and would encourage this type of investment for certain clients; 19% are “neutral or undecided” while 9% do not believe this would be positive for clients


iCapital’s member network is comprised of approximately 1,800 wealthy individuals and families, family offices, and the key professionals they rely on for investment guidance such as registered investment advisors, financial planners, wealth managers, brokerage representatives and private bankers. Each member is a qualified purchaser or an advisor thereto, meeting one or more of the following criteria:

• Individual investors own at least US$5 million of investable assets

• Companies own or oversee at least US$25 million of investable assets


We conduct regular pulse polls and research surveys with our network members in order to identify and understand the evolving priorities, preferences and concerns within the high-net-worth investing community.

The survey was sent to the entire network via email and conducted using an online survey tool. Responses are voluntary and do not include the entire network. Member demographics and psychographics are substantially similar and may result in response bias. Totals may not foot due to rounding.


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Past performance is not indicative of future results. Products sold by iCapital are generally private placements that are sold only to quali ed clients through transactions that are exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to Rule 506(b) of Regulation D promulgated thereunder (“Private Placements”). An investment in any product issued pursuant to a Private Placement, such as the funds described, entails a high degree of risk and no assurance can be given that any alternative investment fund’s investment objectives will be achieved or that investors will receive a return of their capital. Further, such investments are not subject to the same levels of regulatory scrutiny as publicly listed investments, and as a result, investors may have access to significantly less information than they can access with respect to publicly listed investments. Prospective investors should also note that investments in the products described may involve long lock-ups and do not provide investors with liquidity.

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