Across channels, advisors see two primary obstacles to using alternative investments: lack of liquidity, and fees and expenses.
Concerns about liquidity rise sharply among advisors who choose not to invest in alternatives: 71% of these advisors say lack of liquidity is an obstacle. Meanwhile, advisors in certain channels feel more strongly about different obstacles. For example, more than 40% of RIAs are concerned about the lack of a track record for alternatives. Meanwhile, bank brokers and advisors at insurance firms may not feel well informed about alternatives: More than half (54%) say they need information to help explain alternatives’ benefits and risks to clients, while two in five say the level of education from the investment management firm is problematic.
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