European tax-exempt firms wary on alternative investments

Private equity commitments by pension funds, endowments and foundations have increased from $152 billion to $220 billion in North America from 1999 to 2001. In Europe - including the UK - they have risen from $14 billion to $23 billion, with much of this increase attributable to a 50% increase in the sample of institutions, said a report by the US investment bank and US-based investment services firm Frank Russell.

Europe is also significantly behind the US in hedge fund investment in this

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