Institutional investors sure are fond of alternatives. What's more, they're so fond of them that many intend to increase the amount they have allocated to them — both in the short- and long-term. 

How many will do that depends on the asset class, according to a new survey from alternative investment industry researcher Preqin. Over the next year, 30 percent of institutional investors expected to boost their investments in private equity; 34 percent in hedge funds; 29 percent in real estate; and a hefty 57 percent in infrastructure. 

Over the longer term, 36 percent expected an increase in allocation to private equity, while 35 percent expect to add to hedge funds, 41 percent to real estate and 42 percent to infrastructure. 

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