US Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments Gaining Popularity among Investors

As investments results were reported from some of the major endowment investors across America, alternative investments are gaining a lot of popularity among investors.
When the average investor hears terminology including hedge funds, private equity and derivatives, the most common misconception is that alternative investment are really meant only for the clients who have an extremely high net worth.
It’s true that these investments are more sophisticated in general than regular investments.  Investors need to make sure their risk tolerance, time frame, and overall financial suitability are line with any suggested alternative-investment idea.
However, there is a bevy of mutual funds and exchange traded funds that are offered at fairly low minimums today in investment arenas such as commodities, currencies, managed futures, and absolute return/hedge funds for the regular retail investor. Remember, that for alternatives to have a real effect on your portfolio, you might be looking at more than a small percentage of a portfolio allocated to these various positions, again based on your personal situation and suitability.
Source: Wall Street Journal

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