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Birch Century International maintains focus on private investor access to alternative investment platform


Birch Century International, a New York and Hong Kong-based provider of alternative asset management services, has reiterated its focus on improving the experience for investors whose preferences demand more transparent access to alternative investment solutions.

As uncertain market conditions continue to loom over a stagnating economy, the demand for access to alternative investments continues to grow as private investors look to enhance performance by optimising the effects of portfolio diversification.
Birch Century International remains focused on providing private investors with access to alternative investment opportunities.
Speaking on behalf of Birch Century International’s Alternative Asset division,
Ralph Lawson of Birch Century International’s Alternative Asset Division says: “Alternative investment strategy has become a critical aspect to the way we here at Birch Century integrate layers of protection against volatility as part of a diversified portfolio. Under the current economic climate, private investors are expected to assume greater levels of equity market risk to achieve an acceptable level of return.
“Mitigating excessive risk through the allocation of alternative forms of investment, not only seeks to protect portfolios from the effects of fluctuating markets conditions but promotes the ability for assets to perform positively across a much wider range of scenarios.”
Birch Century International’s Alternative Asset division has in recent years expanded from an institutional level service to one that accommodates the increasing appeal from private investors whose changing preferences demand access to investments with lower levels of correlation to traditional equities and bonds.
“To accommodate a shift in investor demands, our alternative investment focus continues to evolve around the investment preferences of our retail clients. The alternative landscape as a whole has recognised that continued demand within the private sector is dependent on improving accessibility, transparency and regulation of alternative funds, secondary market trading and direct alternative placements.
“Speaking from our own experiences here at Birch Century, we have seen a sizaeble shift over the past two years on the portfolio allocation preferences of our private clients. In 2016, the allocation of alternatives contained within private client portfolios accounted for an average of 7 per cent. So far in 2017, we have seen an increase of this average rise to 16 per cent,” says Lawson.

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