Asset managers predict alternative mutual funds to make up 9.7% of mutual fund assets in five years, and rise further to 15.8% of assets in 10 years, according to new research by Cerulli Associates.

Specifically, Cerull’s ETFs and Retail Alternative Products and Strategies 2012 report found that one-third of managers in the retail channel rate alternative investments as their most important initiative, with another 44% rating it as more important than most initiatives.

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