Illiquid assets are an important component of many pension fund portfolios, but they come with serious risks, particularly in volatile markets.
Managing those risks requires realistic scenario analysis and a total balance sheet perspective.
Illiquid assets have become increasingly important to institutional investors and pension fund managers over the past two decades. These investors are looking for long-term, steady returns and illiquid assets – instruments like private equity, private debt, infrastructure equity and debt, real estate and natural resources, for example – can offer opportunities to provide just that. Pension fund managers may also see illiquid assets as a means of enhancing their yields and diversifying their portfolios.
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