Wealth and Investments
Alternative Investments

Diversifying your portfolio is the one principle every professional investor agrees on. But how do you do it without sacrificing returns? At Mercer, we believe the answer is to maintain a meaningful allocation to a diversified portfolio of alternatives.

"Alternative investments are the best way of safeguarding portfolios against the risk of equities and bonds both performing poorly at the same time."

Alternative investments provide a solid opportunity to guard against the volatility of equities, hedge against inflation, and achieve better returns. History shows that hedge funds can provide a great way to diversify out of equities without sacrificing returns, and private equity can attain a significantly higher rate of return than publicly traded equities, whereas real assets such as infrastructure and real estate can provide elements of both these qualities as well as a measure of protection against inflation.

"Mercer has strong credentials in alternatives — deep global research resources and strong long-term track records in all of the key areas."

Mercer Has Diverse Experience in Alternatives

At Mercer, we’ve been researching, advising on, and executing Alternative Investments for more than two decades. We help clients identify the appropriate fund managers based on their risk and reward requirements, and we have significant experience helping clients construct a suitable portfolio that meets their needs.

An Alternative View of the World

Mercer’s global footprint allows us to closely follow the complex and dynamic alternatives market. Currently, we’re tracking more than 2,000 different alternative investments across the world.

Big-Picture Professionals

Although Mercer focuses in providing research, guidance, and execution of an alternative investment strategy, that’s just one part of our larger investments business. We have the capability to work with clients to put together a holistic plan — one that seeks to reduce risk while maximising returns.

How Mercer Can Help

Mercer alternative investments provide a solid means to guard against the volatility of equities, hedge against inflation, and achieve better returns.

Mercer Awards and Accreditations

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) accreditation

European Pensions Awards 2016 Risk Management Firm of the Year

European Pensions Awards 2016 European Pensions Innovation Award

Financial News Investment Consultancy of the last 20 Years

Pensions Age Innovation Award 2016 for Mercer Pension Risk Exchange®

Portfolio Institutional #1 overall in 2016 Consultant Survey — for the 3rd year in a row

Chief Investment Officer 2016 Outsourced Survey #1 Provider

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