Amid concerns over the global economy, institutional investment managers are optimistic about the long-term performance of equities and alternative investments, though they are expecting less from government bonds, according to a Tower Watson survey. 

Near-term economic concerns are affecting the allocation strategies of institutional assets, the survey found. Just one-quarter of the managers, economists, strategists and analysts polled said they believe their clients will be more aggressive about their investments this year, down from the nearly half (44 percent) who said so last year. 

More than one-third (34 percent) said their clients will invest more conservatively this year, up from the 29 percent who said so in 2014. 

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.