Once reserved for only the most sophisticated of institutions, alternative investments are becoming more and more accessible to individual investors. Begin by learning the basics of alternatives.

Open Your Eyes to Alternatives

Adding a variety of alternatives to a traditional portfolio has the potential to enhance returns, while also reducing risk, because they don't typically move with other parts of a portfolio. Watch the video to learn more.

Market Volatility Can Erode a Portfolio's Value

Alternative investments can help you mitigate the effects of market volatility on your portfolio while providing attractive returns.

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Diversification is Difficult When Correlations Are Rising

A "diversified" portfolio of stocks and bonds has been moving nearly in lock step with the stock market. Alternatives can potentially lower this correlation and dampen the effects of market volatility.

Consider new sources of diversification

The New Diversification: Open Your Eyes to Alternatives

Modern Portfolio Theory did not fail during the credit crisis — portfolio construction did. So where should you go from here? Read this conversation with Dr. Christopher Geczy of the Wharton School.

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Alternative Investments: Myths & Misconceptions

Explore some of the common myths associated with alternative investing and learn how alternatives can be an integral part of nearly every investor's portfolio.

Explore the myths

Understanding Key Concepts

Alternative investments include terminology and concepts that are not typical of traditional investing. Become more familiar with this new vocabulary with a glossary of commonly-used terms.

Learn key concepts

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Investing in alternative investments presents the opportunity for significant losses, including the possible loss of your total investment. Such strategies have the potential for heightened volatility and in general, are not suitable for all investors.

Hedge funds may not be suitable for all investors and often engage in speculative investment practices which increase investment risk; are highly illiquid; are not required to provide periodic prices or valuation; may not be subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds; and often employ complex tax structures.

Utilizing private equity involves significant risks along with the opportunity for substantial losses.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss of principal.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each fund carefully before investing. The funds' prospectuses and, if available, the summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds and are available, along with information on other BlackRock funds, by calling 800-882-0052. The prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectuses should be read carefully before investing.

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