Institutional investors

Mon Sep 29, 2008

Swiss institutions develop appetite for alternatives


Compared to many of their counterparts in other advanced economies, Swiss institutions generally have a longer track record for investing in alternative investments. The trend started in the mid-1990s when a number of private pension funds, many associated with the financial industry, began to appreciate the non-correlated and diversification attractions of hedge funds. While the multinational giant, Nestle, was a pioneer within the corporate sector as early as 1996, many public pension funds followed closely behind. Since a new regulation was introduced in 2000 giving more freedom to Swiss pension fund trustees to determine their own investment strategy, providing they took into consideration the liabilities and risk tolerance of their schemes, hedge funds have become broadly accepted as a key asset class for Swiss institutional investors.

An annual survey of 146 public and private pension funds, conducted at the end of 2007 by the...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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