Pension managers are increasingly adding alternative investments to their portfolios, with holdings such as hedge funds, private equity and real estate accounting for more than 10% of current assets, JPMorgan Asset Management reports. The number of pension plans using alternative investments has grown by 12 percentage points between 2009 and 2010, a study from SEI Institutional Group notes. The holdings have allowed managers to compensate for recent losses, while avoiding volatile equities, experts say.

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