What are alternative investments?

Broadly speaking, alternatives are investments in assets other than stocks, bonds and cash (commodities, for example) or investments using strategies that go beyond traditional ways of investing, such as long/short or arbitrage strategies. Because alternatives tend to behave differently than typical stock and bond investments, adding them to a portfolio may provide broader diversification, reduce risk, and enhance returns.

 


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.

Alternative investment terms

These definitions are geared toward helping investors more fully understand some of the key concepts associated with alternative investing.

Using the versatility of hedge funds

With their range of trading strategies and participation in non-traditional markets, hedge funds can bring a level of diversification to a portfolio hard to find elsewhere.

Private equity investing: A driver for change

Investing in private companies offers the potential for enhanced diversification and returns, since the factors that drive these markets are different from those that drive the public equity markets.