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In 2016, the largest defined benefit plans within U.S. Fortune 1,000 companies held upwards of 15 percent of assets in real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and “other” alternatives, according to analysis by Willis Towers Watson. Smaller pensions with less than $500 million in assets were less reliant on alts, averaging about a 6 percent allocation. Around the world, pension funds large and small, public and private, leverage alternatives to balance risk and meet funding goals. But what about 401(k) plans?

Nick Thornton


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