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April 2017

 Interdependence Day

Liquidity: does less equal more? (PDF, 320 KB)

Can assets that are difficult to price or sell really justify a place in investors’ portfolios? In the quest for improved income and risk-adjusted returns, this question has been driving institutional investors’ fast-growing interest in a broad range of illiquid asset classes including infrastructure, private credit, real estate and private equity. But how should investors approach making an allocation to illiquid assets? We believe the reward investors have historically enjoyed for accepting the risk of less easily tradable assets —the so-called “illiquidity premium”—makes it worth their while to explore illiquid options, though there are pitfalls and guidelines to keep in mind.