Alternative Investment Industry Outlook


2015 Alternative Investment Industry Outlook

Complex ground, new frontiers

​In many ways, the alternative investment industry is still among the most nimble and adaptive sectors of the financial services industry, producing tremendous innovation across many aspects of the business. This Outlook provides an summary of industry priorities and anticipated trends coming in 2015.

The alternative investment industry faces both challenges and opportunities in 2015. In many ways, the industry is on more solid footing than it has been for quite some time. The US economy continues to improve, although concerns remain in both Europe and some emerging markets. Investors are generally seeing solid performance, and profitability in many sectors is strong. In this Outlook, we highlight three areas that alternative fund managers will need to give their full attention in order to grow: globalisation, monetisation, and strategic brand risk management.

See below for a high-level overview of the three trends and key priorities for the industry.  

Alternative Investment Outlook Infographic


Globalisation is generating tremendous opportunity for alternative managers in the form of both new investments opportunities and new investors. When thinking globally managers should:

  • Focus on the complexity
  • Understand the full tax, regulatory, and operational implications


Monetisation is creating opportunities for both buyers and sellers, but it is also raising dynamic technical and regulatory issues. In order to be successful, managers should:

  • Invest in the proper due diligence and tax planning
  • Evaluate the investor relations and public relations aspect
  • Consider the risk management

Strategic brand risk management

Strategic risk management will be essential for organisations to succeed in 2015. While an upfront investment is required, in return alternative investment managers will be better prepared to:

  • Withstand market disruptions
  • Fight cyber attacks
  • React to regulatory scrutiny

2015 Alternative Investment Outlook infographic

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