High-net-worth investors plump for real estate as alternatives take a dip

High-net-worth individuals (HNWI) shifted more money into real estate at the cost of alternative investments in 2006, says Merrill Lynch and Capgemini in their eleventh annual World Wealth Report. Published in June, the report notes a rise in global real estate transactions from HNWIs to $682 billion in 2006, up 38% from 2005. Although they remained a key component of HNWI portfolios, allocations to alternative investments dipped in 2006.

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