"In today’s tough environment asset managers must adapt or perish. Depressed asset markets, more demanding investors, a slew of cheap passive products, tough new regulations and a shift in focus from assets to liabilities among pension plans all require asset managers to adapt their product offerings."
"Alternative products offer some solution to each challenge. Their superior margins mean that all managers are moving – or looking to move – into the space. But at the heart of this shift must be an effective operational platform that supports vanilla and more complex financial products to support new strategies – particularly derivatives – and soaring transparency requirements from investors and regulators."