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Pension funds may be poorly-equipped for illiquids growth, argues Blackrock

Globally, pension funds have boosted their alternatives exposure sixfold in a relatively short span of time. However, the risk management tools and investment professionals that the funds currently have in place might not be suitable for this continuous growth in illiquid assets, one of Blackrock's top people argued at the CFA Society Denmark's annual conference.

Peter Beske Nielsen is Blackrock's head of alternative distribution, based at the corporate headquarter in New York. | Photo: PR

Since 1997, pension funds around the world have increased their exposure to alternative investments to 24 percent from just 4 percent.

This extent of this asset allocation shift was one the key messages from Peter Beske Nielsen in his presentation "Similar Assets, Different Risks" to the CFA Society Denmark's annual conference.

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