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Portfolio Adviser Guide to Alternative Ucits July '17

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We need to come up with a new name for alternatives! They are being used so often, by so many investors and so frequently that one thing they are not is ‘alternative’. It is just like comedy - what was once alternative is now mainstream…

As they are now, they still fulfil the alternative function of not being equities, bonds or cash. However, their structures and take-up have broadened to the extent that at the end of June European-domiciled (including UK) alternative funds held nearly £400bn in assets, up from £110bn five years ago and £40bn 10 years ago.

Greater regulation has seen a greater need for transparency that, alongside investment drivers such as liquidity and diversification has seen a rapid increase in Ucits funds structures. These new propositions also allow portfolio managers an alternative to traditional ‘alternatives’ of private equity and hedge funds.

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