Three-quarters of institutional investors nationally have changed their approach to risk management over the last five years, and say alternative investments are critical to spreading portfolio risk, according to a survey from Natixis Global Asset Management.

The survey, conducted in June and July, found the investors challenged by market volatility, but resigned to it as a new fact of financial life. Some 82% said they found it difficult to mitigate the impact of market volatility, while 76% reported difficulty in protecting their portfolios from dramatic swings.

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