“Liquid alternatives” have been the growth story for the U.S. mutual fund industry this year. Through the end of June, the alternative fund category reached $156 billion in total assets and a one-year organic AUM growth rate of 30.3%, according to Morningstar. In contrast, U.S. equity funds grew AUM by 1%; taxable bond funds declined by 0.6% over the same period.

In the first half of 2014, hedge funds also enjoyed strong growth, with AUM rising to a record $2.35 trillion at the end of the second quarter. The hedge fund industry captured $57 billion in net cash flow through the first six months of this year, according to Hedge Fund Research.

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