Alternative investments have really hit prime time in the past five years. According to a new survey of U.S. institutional investors, by Natixis Global Asset Management, 74 percent have changed their approach to risk management and now consider the use of alternative investments essential to diversify portfolio risk.

Sixty-four percent of U.S. institutional investors say that traditional diversification and portfolio construction techniques need to be replaced and 72 percent no longer consider conventional 60/40 portfolios to be the best way to pursue returns. About 64 percent said that increasing allocations to non-correlated assets and increasing the use of liquid alternatives (68 percent) are effective strategies for managing portfolio risk.

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