The world's leading 100 alternative investment managers held $3.1 trillion in assets last year, according to a survey by Towers Watson. Investors are warming up to private equity, infrastructure and other alternative assets to diversify and spread risk away from stocks, bonds and other standard assets. "Not only has the appeal of alternative assets broadened to include insurers and sovereign-wealth funds, but the range of alternative assets has also increased beyond the likes of real estate and private equity to include direct hedge funds, infrastructure and commodities," said Craig Baker of Towers Watson.

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