Capital at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

As the name suggests, alternative investments provide an alternative to traditional asset classes like equities and bonds. Investments including real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds, private equity and other ‘non mainstream’ offerings are all classified as ‘alternatives’.

BlackRock offers a comprehensive range of alternative investment funds. Investors should seek professional advice to see if any are suitable for their portfolio.