Perhaps perfectly summing up the excitement surrounding the alternative investments space right now is Raelan Lambert, who is the first to say that no one day is the same as another on the job.


Lambert, who is global alternatives leader for Mercer, spoke exclusively to Alternatives Watch last week about the growth potential for alternative investment strategies in the OCIO space.

She sees that much of the growth in the alternatives business is attributable to OCIO services. OCIO’s focus is on a unique investor set that needs an external investment team to lead the effort in allocating assets and to provide access to and knowledge of a greater number of investment opportunities.


Last year, Mercer’s OCIO business surpassed the $300 billion milestone in assets under management. Of that sizable amount, approximately $20 billion is in alternatives with the biggest growth areas being infrastructure and private debt, according to Lambert.


For most investors relying on Mercer’s OCIO services, alternative strategies are not in their niche and they don’t have the team to manage them, said Lambert.


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