A study in partnership with InvestmentNews Research

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Advisors and their clients are searching for ways to navigate these uncertain times, especially as many investors are planning for, approaching or in retirement. Alternative investments may help – and our recent survey shows both advisors and individuals are interested in increasing their allocations to alternatives but desire more education and better conversations.

FS Investments conducted a study in partnership with InvestmentNews Research to gain deeper insight on advisor and investor goals and their knowledge of alternatives’ benefits, drawbacks and role in constructing diversified portfolios.1

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Key takeaways

  • Advisors aim to increase client allocations to alternatives from 5% to 10% over the next 3 years and the number of products used from 4 to 6.
  • Investors are open to alternatives and advisors believe alternatives can help meet investor needs. Yet conversations about alternatives between advisors and clients are not taking place.
  • The largest impediment to more productive client conversations about alternatives is likely a knowledge gap. Advisors disclosed they need more education on alternatives and believe their clients do as well.
  • Conversations between advisors and investors should focus on explaining “why alternatives” and portfolio applications for various asset classes and strategies.

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1 FS Investments and InvestmentNews Research survey was administered through Qualtrics to a sampling of 864 individual investors between August 14, 2019 and September 6, 2019 and 342 advisors between August 22, 2019 and September 9, 2019. For their participation, advisors were offered a complimentary copy of the study and investors were eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.


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